The message reads, in part:
“Over this period, legendary Aeroflot has had a long and eventful history, and the company has been with the country and its people in peace and during times of trial. The heroic participation of civilian airline pilots in the Great Patriotic War is a special page in the company’s history. They bravely defended the Fatherland from the ruthless enemy, supplied frontline units with food and ammunition, evacuated wounded soldiers and maintained contact with besieged Leningrad.
“Today, Aeroflot is a recognised passenger flag carrier and one of the oldest airlines in the world. You have every right to feel proud of the wonderful traditions of many generations of your predecessors, who primarily and sincerely loved their work, who showed exceptional professionalism and competence, as well as responsibility and concern for the safety of passengers.
“I am happy to note that, while marking its 95th anniversary, the company is on the rise, confidently implementing promising long-term projects, setting high service-quality standards and therefore enjoying well-deserved trust not only in Russia but all over the world.”