Aeroflot is now a Five Star Airline
Many may remember the days only a person with suicide thoughts would travel on Russian Airlines Aeroflot. 30 years later now this airline has been recognized as a 2018 Five Star Global Airline in APEX’s Official Airline Ratings™. The honor was bestowed upon Aeroflot yesterday at the APEX EXPO Awards in Long Beach, California.
The Official Airline Ratings™ are the industry’s first rating program based solely on verified passenger feedback. APEX (the Airline Passenger Experience Association) is a four-decade-old non-profit membership organisation comprised of the world’s leading airlines, industry suppliers, major media groups and related aviation industry leaders that are dedicated to elevating the passenger experience.
Aeroflot was recognized during the APEX EXPO Awards Ceremony in Long Beach, hosted by The Points Guy, Brian Kelly.
To compile the Official Airline Ratings™, APEX sought an industry-neutral technology partner that would serve in collecting verified itineraries validated by geo-location and certified by external auditors. Leveraging the TripIt mobile app used by millions of air travelers worldwide, the Official Airline Ratings™ analyzed passenger feedback on 470 airlines worldwide through 31 July 2017. Airline travellers were validated against confirmed itineraries and geo-location on mobile devices.
Only 12% of airlines worldwide received 2018 Five Star status.
Airlines were categorized as Global Airlines, Major Regional Airlines, Commuter Airlines and Low-Cost Carriers. Aeroflot was recognized in the Global Airlines category.
Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev said: “We are proud that the Aeroflot passenger experience has been awarded Five Star status by a leading organization in the United States, the world’s largest air travel market. APEX’s rating is set to become a US seal of approval known worldwide. The rating is based on a global passenger satisfaction poll that surveyed millions of customers across every continent, leveraging the latest digital technology. This honor is welcome recognition of our efforts and accompanies a number of other awards that we have recently received recognizing our leadership in the European market.”
In 2016 Aeroflot was awarded 4-Star Airline status by British consultancy Skytrax, the world’s leading authority on airline quality. Earlier this year TripAdvisor travelers voted Aeroflot Best Major Airline in Europe and Best Business Class globally.