Russian airline Aeroflot has announced that its board of directors has re-elected Vitaly Saveliev as CEO for at least another five years.

Saveliev has acted as CEO since he was appointed to the role in 2009, when Aeroflot was considered to be a regional carrier.

In 2010, president Vladimir Putin tasked Saveliev with creating a full-fledged Russian airline group, transferring a number of regional carriers to Aeroflot’s management and creating the Aeroflot Group.

Since then, the group has grown in scale, starting up the low-cost carrier Pobeda and setting out the goal for Aeroflot to become one of the world’s leading airlines by 2025. It reached this target ahead of time, with the carrier ranking in the top 20 airlines worldwide earlier this year.

Traffic across the group grew to 50.1 million passengers in 2017.

In addition to Saveliev’s re-election, the group announced the appointment of Andrey Chikhanchin as deputy CEO for commerce and Finance.

The board also approved a new strategy for the group, which includes increasing passenger traffic, growing international passenger numbers, launching new regional bases, utilising a higher proportion of Russian aircraft in the fleet and continuing digitalisation of the business.

According to Aeroflot Group, online sales for its airlines increased by 35 per cent, while mobile bookings have doubled. The company is introducing new crew technology such as tablets and has invested in developing NDC capabilities.

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