Foreign boost for Aeroflot pilots

Russian flag carrier Aeroflot has appointed its first foreign pilot following recent changes to the Russian Air Code that allow Russian airlines to hire up to 200 foreign flight personnel per year. Klaus Rohlfs, a German citizen, will make his maiden flight as an Aeroflot captain from Moscow to Prague this week. “For the first time in Russian history, a foreign citizen will captain an Aeroflot plane. This is an important step – now that we are able to employ captains from outside the country, we can bring through substantially greater numbers of Russian pilots, who will gain experience for their captain’s exams by flying with their foreign colleagues as co-pilots,” said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev.

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