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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aeroflot Breakdown

Aeroflot used to hold the state monopoly over all civil air transportation in the former Soviet Union and was the largest carrier in the world.

Although the name is still emblazoned on most airliners flying in Russia, the company has been broken up into 160 separate state-controlled airlines in the past two years.

The branch of Aeroflot which was responsible for international flights is now called Aeroflot-Russian International Airlines. It possesses over 100 aircraft and the Sheremetyevo international airport.

It is also the major international carrier among 62 Russian airlines that have the right to conduct international flights.

The small airlines which emerged during the breakup of Aeroflot continue to be owned by the state but their managements are allowed to run the companies independently of the government.

There are also 161 privately owned carriers in Russia, most with only a few planes, which were set up recently outside Aeroflot and do not use the trademark.