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Aeroflot will refuel most of its foreign flights in France and Germany because foreign kerosene is cheaper
Russia's largest airline, Aeroflot, will refuel most of its foreign flights in France and Germany, rather than Russia, because foreign kerosene is cheaper. Airliners will take off with minimal fuel from Sheremetyevo airport and refuel at Charles De Gaulle, Frankfurt and Munich, deputy Aeroflot general director Lev Koshlyakov explained. Aeroflot plans to spend nearly $40 million on foreign kerosene this year alone, saving about $2 million, writes Gazeta. A ton of Russian aircraft kerosene cost about $550 in January 2005, as against $490 per ton abroad. Aerofuels Group general director Vladimir Spiridonov believes this situation is not normal, blaming Russian oil majors for unfounded price hikes. They could lose a large petroleum-market segment, Mr. Spiridonov warns. Meanwhile, the oil companies are blaming traders instead, claiming that they are responsible for the 100% rise in prices in 2004. According to experts, Aeroflot's decision to switch to foreign fuel will negatively affect the Sheremetyevo refueling complex, in the first place, because it uses LUKoil, TNK, Sibneft and Yukos kerosene. Another airline, Utair, believes that Aeroflot's initiative is largely a PR campaign that aims to bring this problem into the spotlight. Major international carriers can save considerable sums. Apart from Aeroflot, Pulkovo airlines could do the same.
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