• Joe Breitfeller

Aeroflot Becomes Official Carrier of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021

Aeroflot will be the traditional official carrier of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2021. During the event, the carrier will operate their flagship Airbus A350 on some flights between Moscow and St. Petersburg.


Aeroflot Airbus A350-900 - Courtesy Airbus

On Friday (May 14, 2021) Aeroflot announced that they will be the official airline of the 2021 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The carrier will deploy their flagship Airbus A350 on some flights between Moscow and St. Petersburg, increasing capacity and providing SPIEF guests with an added level of comfort. Aeroflot’s A350 is configured in three classes with 28 private Business Class suites, 24 Comfort Class seats and 264 Economy Class seats. The unique Business Class suites feature 2-meter full-flat beds, a high level of privacy and personal space and a 54cm IFE screen – a product rivaling the First Class cabins of most major carriers. The aircraft also features an advanced multimedia system and high-speed internet access across all classes of service. Economy and Comfort Class seats offer increased legroom and pitch, while the spacious cabin offers reduced noise and adaptive lighting, creating a relaxing atmosphere for guests.

In Friday’s announcement, Aeroflot’s CEO, Mikhail Poluboyarinov, said,


“St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is one of the key high-profile business events of the year. Aeroflot is both the official carrier and a regular participant of the Forum. SPIEF, which has been held for almost a quarter of a century, provides perfect opportunities to share best practices, discuss new approaches and effective solutions. On the days of the Forum, to ensure comfort of the participants some flights on the Moscow – Saint-Petersburg route will be operated on our newest flagship A350 aircraft. I hope the SPIEF guests will appreciate the new level of comfort of Aeroflot’s most modern aircraft.”


Aeroflot is the flag carrier of Russia and a proud member of the global SkyTeam® alliance. During 2020, Aeroflot carried 14.6 million guests and when the Aeroflot Group subsidiaries are included, the total rises to 30.2 million passengers. The airline holds a 4-Star rating from Skytrax World Airline Awards and has been awarded a five-star global airline rating by APEX. According to Cirium’s On-Time Performance Review, Aeroflot was the world’s most on-time mainline airline for 2019. The carrier has also received a five-star rating from OAG for flight punctuality. In 2020, Brand Finance, a leading brand strategy consultancy, declared Aeroflot the strongest brand in Russia, as well as the “world’s strongest airline brand.” According to Bain and Company research, Aeroflot ranks fourth in the airline industry for digitalization.

Source: Aeroflot