If in the last article we talked about the fact that each airport represents the visiting card of each city, perhaps it becomes interesting to understand how to get to Platov – Rostov-on-Don airport – and above all, with which airline to get there …
If I were Russian, maybe I would focus on local airlines. As it is not, I have to connect to the three largest international airline alliances. The first is Oneworld with the association of 14 airlines including Iberia, Qatar Airlines and S7. The second is SkyTeam with the association of 20 airlines including Aeroflot, Air France and Alitalia. The third is Star Alliance with the association of 28 airlines including Lufthansa, SAS and Swiss.
I wanted to name some airlines that I use most often, remembering that I have been an Aeroflot frequent flyer since 2009, that I have been a frequent flyer Pan American World Airways and that I took my first flight when I was 6 months with Aerolineas Argentinas. That is to say that, about flights, airports and airlines, I have a very great experience …
But returning to Platov, the local airlines that arrive there are Aeroflot, S7 and Utair. Let’s start with the latter. On the website it is difficult to find the English language, in S7 the languages that can be chosen are three (Russian, English, Chinese); while on Aeroflot there are 9 language options including Italian. For me communication is a very important factor both on a personal and business level. Our website is in 4 languages and this article (originally written in Italian) is translated into Russian, English and Spanish. So, Aeroflot locally convinces me more than S7 and Utair. Not only for the languages on the website, of course, but above all for the services offered on the web, on the iPhone application, on-board services and services waiting to board.
But why I need to be an Aeroflot frequent flyer and not Alitalia, for example?
Here, it becomes really interesting. In terms of services and precision, Aeroflot is far superior to Alitalia. For someone like me who travels a lot, the “Priority” service is fundamental wherever I am, both in the check-in phase, both in the hand-luggage check and in the boarding phase. Alitalia, Lufthansa, Iberia and others are not as careful as Aeroflot.
In the short trips that I often take, for example Rostov-on-Don – Moscow, I do not see a big difference between the economic and business class. But if we are talking about a flight from Moscow to Venice, then the difference is felt. In particular, if we talk about meals and comfort of the armchairs. If the trip is Intercontinental, an economy class trip can be acceptable if the aircraft is half empty. Otherwise, the flight becomes a real nightmare.
Speaking about the “lounge zone”, I can not say a single bad word about the quality of the services provided or the attitude of the staff. The only “not nice situation” is when you find transit passengers who somehow confuse the “lounge zone” with a cheap motel, allowing themselves to take off their shoes and use the sofas as beds.
So, the word “lifestyle” finds the right balance when the people around you have the same education and the same international code of “bon ton” that, unfortunately, is often missing in everyday life in the Russian Federation.