GOOD CONNECTIONS TO THAILAND FOR
THE WINTER SEASON: Norwegians have discovered Thailand as
an outstanding holiday destination. The reasons are many. Thailand's beaches
are just as nice as the tourist brochures show them. The nature is stunning
- in the south the golden beaches are predominant - in the north the
visitors can find traditional culture and unspoiled villages in the
mysterious jungle. Thai people are very friendly, and English is widely
spoken. Food is available everywhere, from the local kitchen at the back of
a vendor's bicycle to the elegant restaurants offering French, Italian or
Scandinavian dishes. Places like Bangkok and Hua Hin are a shopper's
paradise, offering high quality clothes and many kinds of goods at very
Aeroflot offers the following connections
between Oslo and Bangkok:
Aeroflot's results for 2004
February 2005: For the twelve months of 2004 Aeroflot carried 6.862.000 passengers and 146.700 tons of post and freight. There were made 21.001 billion passenger-kilometres and 2.745 billion ton-kilometres.
Passenger seats’ occupation rate amounted to 69.0 %. Percentage of enplaned traffic amounted to 58.2 %, exceeding the level of 2003 by 1.2 %.
with 2003 operating volumes have increased according to all indicators and
The hourly utilization of the aircraft fleet by 20.5 % compared to 2003.
New route to Minsk
May 2004: Aeroflot is
proud to announce the new route between the capitals of Russia and Belarus.
New destinations in Siberia
Kemerovo is an industrial city with half a million inhabitants, situated at the Tom, a tributary of the river Ob. The city is also a cultural centre and houses a university, theatres, museums and the Philharmonic Hall.
Tyumen is the oldest city in Siberia, dating back to 1586. Its half a million citizens are depending on the rich oil and gas resources of the region. It is situated on the Tura river and is also connected with the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Aeroflot will operate daily flights from Moscow to both Kemerovo and Tyumen. There will be good same-day connections to and from Oslo.
Aeroflot opens new lounge for business passengers in Sheremetyevo-1
March 2004: A new waiting room for first and business class passengers of Aeroflot-Russian Airlines opens on March 31 in Moscow's Sheremetyevo-1 Terminal.
Services of extra comfort waiting room functioning in Sheremetyevo-2 Terminal for Aeroflot passengers of international flights will be also offered for the passengers of flights inside Russia in Sheremetyevo-1 Terminal from now on. The partner of this contract is Aeropit Company that provides catering in the airport.
First and business class passengers of Aeroflot Russian Airlines will get special vouchers at registration in Sheremetevo-1 with the information about an opportunity to use extra comfort waiting room. The clients can use all the services for passengers of extra comfort waiting room with no extra charge.
This room services mean advanced requirements to organizing rest for passengers, their food, individual services while waiting for the flight. The main peculiarities of this room are stylish design according to the European standards, comfortable furniture, a wide range of snacks and drinks, demonstration of films and programs at the client's option, diverse periodicals. Passengers waiting for the flight are allowed to smoke only in this room of Sheremetyevo-1 Terminal.
International Sheremetyevo Airport is still the largest airport complex in Russia keeping the leading positions according to the indicators of the total passenger carriages.
Aeropit Company is the catering service leader in Sheremetyevo Airport providing successful functioning of restaurants, cafes, bars and social objects in the airport. The company partners and clients are Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Air and others.
Aeroflot is the largest airline company of the country that makes more than 60% of all the international regular flights to 88 points of 42 countries and more than 10% - on the home market to 26 cities of Russia. In 2003 the airline company transported 5.8 million passengers.
Aeroflot switches to summer timetable
On March 28, 2004, Aeroflot-Russian Airlines starts making flights according to the summer timetable which will be valid till October 30, 2004.
In summer period of 2004 Aeroflot will make flights to 88 cities of 42 countries of the world including 6 CIS countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kirghizia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan).
Aeroflot summer timetable includes 65 regular international routes: to 33 points in Europe, 6 – in America and Canada, 2 – in Africa, 7 – in the Near and Middle East, 10 – in Asia, 7 – in CIS countries.
Aeroflot goes on developing flights inside Russia and to CIS countries. Beside traditional regular flights of the airline company to Anapa, Astrakhan, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Murmansk, Mineralnye Vody, Nizhnevartovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Petropavlovsk-Kamchtsky, Smara, Saint Petersburg, Ufa, Khabarovsk, Chelyabinsk there will be some new flights to Barnaul, Kemerovo, Tyumen, Surgut, Krasnoyarsk, Minsk and Dushanbe.
In summer 2004 flights to 33 points abroad and in Russia are to be made according to Code-Sharing Agreements with 20 airline companies – Aeroflot partners as joint operation flights.
Compared with the summer timetable of the last year Aeroflot routes and frequency of flights in the current season are remarkable for higher intensity and maximum optimization of changing planes.
Flight frequency is to be increased for regular international flights mostly demanded and perspective and for tourist routs to Nice, Madrid, Düsseldorf, Athens, Vienna, Prague, Belgrade, Malta, Cairo, Beirut, Teheran, Dubai, Istanbul, Antalya, Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Havana, Tashkent.
Regular flight to Bombay (Mumbai) is to be made again 5 times a week by TU-214.
Flights to Lisbon, San Francisco, Ljubljana, Amman, Vilnius have been suspended providing passenger with alternative transportation based on routes of airline companies – Aeroflot partners.
Changes in the sphere of the state regulation of air carriages such as quotas abolition from April 1, 2004, announced by the aviation authorities can stimulate air carriages development on the internal routes.
The company has increased significantly weekly flights to Saint Petersburg (from 35 to 53), Nizhny Novgorod (from 14 to 20) Krasnodar (from 21 to 34), Ekaterinburg (from 12 to 21), Mineralnye Vody (from 5 to 7), Sochi (from 17 to 25).
Aeroflot social project “Kaliningrad-Shuttle” goes on developing further. In order to satisfy the demand for passenger carriages in the period of summer holidays daily flight frequency is to be increased from 4 to 5.
Daily flights to Kemerovo and Barnaul will start in spring. The airline company with an active support of Lipetsk Region Administration is preparing regular flights to Lipetsk.
Aeroflot mission is to create routes supplying the demand for air transportation providing development of home and international lines, convenience of passengers. The distinguishing feature of the summer season as well as of the last winter period is regular and charter carriages within the large-scale program of the air fleet replacement. The air fleet restructuring program providing substitution of 27 foreign-made planes is carried out according to the schedule.
Aeroflot new liners A319/320 are to make flights to Cairo, Teheran, Dubai on nineteen European routes, and also to Ekaterinburg.
The summer timetable is to be provided with 72 aircraft. Aeroflot plans to fly about 164,665 hours and make 46,721 paired flights during summer period.
Person of the Year 2003: Valery Okulov
26 February 2004: Yesterday the laureates of Person of the Year -2003 were announced in the Patriarshy Palace of the Moscow Kremlin. In Top Manager Nomination for outstanding achievements in providing competitiveness of the company on the world market there was awarded Valery Okulov, General Director of Aeroflot - Russian Airlines. According to the authoritative Expert Council of the Award, ‘Person of the Year’ is a person embodying a meaningful tendency of the country development that forms Russia’s future.
The aim of ‘Person of the Year’ project organized by RBK is to assist integrity of the society, business and authorities. Speaking at the ceremony of awarding Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, said that ‘Person of the Year’ is one of the most authoritative awards in Russia now. “People who are awarded here are really leaders, they will determine the policy and development of our country within the next few years,” noted Dvorkovich.
In its response speech Valery Okulov said: “Aeroflot has been associated with our country abroad for a long time; that’s why consolidating our positions and becoming more attractive for passengers we support the image of the entire Russia, work for its future.” “Our airline company has been working successfully under conditions of tough competition that there is in no other business sphere. ‘Pearson of the Year’ Award is acknowledgement of the fact that Aeroflot upholds reputation of the national air carrier of Russia”, stressed Mr. Okulov.
Aeroflot and CAE introduced А320 full flight simulator
26 February 2004: Today the ceremony of introducing А320 full flight simulator (FFS A320) produced by the Canadian Company CAE (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE) took place in Simulator Department of Pilots’ Training Center of Aeroflot-Russian Airlines (RTS: AFLT). The simulator was delivered by the Canadian Company CAE within the 8-year contract. The contract is concluded within the trilateral cooperation of Airbus Corporation, Aeroflot and САЕ.
Taking into account the simulator certification according to D level made by the Comission of the European Civil Aviation Sevice (JAA), А319/320 crews of Aeroflot and other airline companies will start training on the simulator in February.
Representatives of three companies – Gennagy Prikhodchenko, Aeroflot PTC Director, Walter Visser, САЕ Vice President, and Luc Bourgogne, Airbus Vice President on Air Crew Training, took part in the ceremony.
“А320 simulator launching plays the key role in providing safety and efficient training of Aeroflot air crew,” said Gennagy Prikhodchenko. “We are pleased to cooperate with the leaders in this sphere – САЕ и Airbus; this brings us to the airline company technological modernization.”
“Using CAE methods and technologies on the Russian market is an important step for us,” stressed Mr. Visser. “We hope to cooperate long with Aeroflot and Airbus in order to support the regional aviation sector.”
Main users of FFS A320 new simulator equipped with Tropos™ visual system developed by CAE and set in РТС AFLT Simulator Department are to be Aeroflot pilots trained on planes of А319/320/321 types. Pilots of other companies can also train on the simulator on the contract basis. As it has already been announced Aeroflot will get 18 new А319/320/321 planes according to air fleet restructuring.
Aeroflot makes flights to 108 points of 48 countries of the world. 15,000 people are engaged in the Company, including 2,500 pilots. The State has 51 per cent of Aeroflot stocks. Net income amounted to 89 million dollars in 2002.
САЕ is a leading provider of equipment and technologies for training civil aviation personnel and the Air Forces and Naval Forces staff in different countries of the world. The Company’s annual income exceeds 1 billion dollars; more than 5,000 people work in its representative offices in Canada, USA and many other countries of the world.
Aeroflot Russian Airlines operating results for December and twelve months
of 2003 have been summed up.
In December Aeroflot carried 439,500 passengers (including 1,400 passengers on charter flights) and 10,900 tons of post and freight. There were made 1.454 billion passenger-kilometers and 192.5mln ton-kilometers. Operating volumes have increased in comparison with the last year according to all the indicators except of post carriages: according to passenger-kilometers – by 9.7%, according to carriage of passengers – by 8.1%, according to ton-kilometers – by 14%, according to freight carriage – by 11.9%.
Passenger seats’ occupation rate amounted to 69% and exceeded the last year rate by 5.5%. Percentage of enplaned traffic exceeded the last year level by 3.2% and amounted to 58.2 %. The actual flight time hasn’t changed in comparison with the last year (+52 hours or 0.3%).
According to the preliminary results during twelve months there were carried 5.844mln passengers and 114,200 tons of post and freight; there were made 18.203 billion passenger-kilometers and 2.253 billion ton-kilometers. Operating volumes have increased in comparison with the last year according to all the indicators: according to passenger-kilometers – by 3.2%, according to ton-kilometers – by 4.7%, according to carriage of passengers – by 6.5%, according to post carriage – by 0.1%, according to freight carriage – by 4.4%.
Percentage of enplaned traffic exceeded the last year level by 0.6% and amounted to 57.0%. Passenger seats’ occupation rate exceeded the last year level by 1.0% and amounted to 69.4%
They have flown in the aircraft fleet totally by 1.2% hours more than in 2002. The average daily flight time per a properly functioning plane amounted to 9.9 hours (vs. 9.6 hours in 2002).
Aeroflot Director General Valery Okulov estimated positively the airline’s operating results: “All the main indicators exceeded the last year level. We have things to be proud of, we have things to work at.” He noted that according to the estimation of the European association of air carriers Aeroflot was one of the leaders among European companies due to the operating results in 2003.
Aeroflot signed leasing contract for six IL-96 airliners
January 2004: According to the established schedule Aeroflot Russian Airline Director General signed leasing contract for six Il-96 airliners with Ilyushin Finance Company. The contract is sent for signing to Ilyushin Finance Co.
In compliance with technical requirements coordinated by Aeroflot the planes are to be supplied with the most advanced navigation and cabin equipment according to international standards.
New Il-96-300 airliners are ordered in two class layouts – improved business class and economy class. Business-class passengers will be nicely surprised. For the first time Aeroflot supplies passenger compartments of this class with reclining seats of the “cocoon” type that can be transformed into beds. The distance between the seats is determined to be 58 inches (148.6 cm) that offers passengers maximum comfort. Even Economy Class will have improved comfort. The total number of seats will be 252.
scheduled to start in mid-2005.
New route Moscow - Mumbai
November 2003:Aeroflot announces the return of flights to India's biggest city, Mumbai (Bombay).
From January 24, 2004 Aeroflot will offer five flights a week between Moscow and Mumbai. There will be excellent connections from Oslo to Mumbai on Tuesdays, with return from Mumbai on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.
Flights will be operated by the new comfortable Tupolev 214.
Mumbai is the second city in India
for Aeroflot Russian Airlines. In 2003 150,000 passengers were carried on
Moscow-Delhi–Moscow flight - 20% more than in 2002.
First new Airbuses arrives to Aeroflot
October 2003: The first new Airbus A319 and A320 were included in Aeroflot's fleet in Octobber 2003.
The A319s offer 20 Business Class and 96 Economy Class
seats, while the A320s are equipped by 20 seats in C class and 140 seats in
October 2003: After having been known under the name Gorkiy during 60 years, Nizhniy Novgorod has now returned to its former name. The city is situated by the river Oka and is Russia's third largest industrial city.
From October 2003 Aeroflot starts twice daily flight from Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod. The route will be served by 30 seats Yak-40 jet aircraft.
November 2002: During a ceremony on the 18th of November in Toulouse, France, Aeroflot signed a contract with Airbus Industries for the order of 18 new Airbus passenger planes.
The deal includes both A319 and A320 and the first plane is expected to arrive in the autumn of 2002.
The new planes will be used on Aeroflot's extensive European network and will eventually replace Tupolev 154, Boeing 737 and Airbus 310.
8 planes will be purchased by Aeroflot while the rest will be leased through GECAS, an American leasing company.
Powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines, Aeroflot’s A319s and A320s will feature a modern and comfortable two-class cabin layout. The A320 Family’s optimized cabin cross-section has set new standard for passenger comfort in single-aisle aircraft, allowing for wider seats and aisles as well as more capacious overhead stowage.
The agreement also includes the creation of a Moscow-based engineering centre, the Airbus-Kaskol Engineering Centre.
Airbus calls these events "important milestones in the partnership between the Russian aviation sector and Airbus Industries".
Airbus won the contract in strong competition with Boeing. Aeroflot General Director Valery Okulov said that the Russian flag carrier’s selection of the A320 Family aircraft, in the framework of Aeroflot’s fleet restructuring, came after a very thorough evaluation where it emerged as the best solution for the airline’s needs. "The medium range fleet restructuring is an ideal move in a highly competitive market, in particular because of the significantly improved operating economics of the new fleet."
Financial results - 1st quarter 2002
June 2002: From January to March 2002 Aeroflot transported 1,090,000 passengers and 20,400 tons of cargo and mail, that is 3,697 million passenger-kilometers and 434,700 million ton-kilometers. Passenger seats occupancy increased on 1,9% by comparison with 2001 and averaged 66,7%. Under planned passenger turnover decrease (11,1%) as compared to 2001, the revenue rate for a passenger-kilometer increased on 8,6%. In concordance with the plan, in the 1st Quarter 2002 there is 9,5% operating and 7,7% services costs saving. In the 1st Quarter the most charged airplanes were Boeing 777, Boeing 767, Boeing 737, A 310, IL 96 and DC 10. Their ratio for the period in the total passenger turnover and total ton-kilometers was 76,1% and 71,8% respectively. Average daily flight increased for the airplanes: Boeing 777 - 2,5 hours increase, IL-76 - 1,5 hours, Boeing 767 and TU-154 - 1,3 hours, TU-134 - 0,7 hours. On the whole the Quarter financial results meet planned expectations. The leading lines of activity for 2002 are determined as passenger service quality improvement and commercial, financial an economic efficiency enhancement. According to Valery Okulov, the General Director of the Company, Aeroflot plans to force gross measures increase. The Company's goal is to increase service quality and income".
Aeroflot net profit for 2001 amounted to 20 million dollarsMay 2002: Net profit of Aeroflot – Russian Airlines joint-stock company for 2001 according to the international account standards (IAS) amounted to 20.1mln dollars compared to 8.6mln dollars in 2000. Principal activity incomes for the last financial year increased to $.22bn compared with $1.07bn in 2000. Proceeds increase in comparison with 2000 amounted to 11%. Not only incomes of the airline company increased but also its costs. Transaction costs increased from $1.32bn in 2000 up to $1.52bn in 2001. It’s explained by wage growth by 34% and also by increase of costs on airplanes operation and fuel. There was Aeroflot indebtedness decrease: accounts receivable decreased from $432.8mln to $382mln, and bills payable decreased from $257.9mln to $241.9mln. In 2001 18 unprofitable directions were closed, and on the rest directions flight frequency was increased. Passenger seats occupancy amounted to more than 65% (in 2002 this rate is to be increased to 68%). Last year the airline company accounted on first-class and business-class passengers. Passengers of the kind in European flights increased to 19% of the total volume. The totals obtained are the result of carrying out Aeroflot strategy directed on flight system optimization, airplane fleet modernization and an improvement of the company’s commercial efficiency.
Aeroflot with more frequencies Oslo - Moscow
From 01 April 2002 Aeroflot will increase the number
of flights between Oslo and Moscow from 3 to 4 per week!
Aeroflot goes non-smoking
March 2002: From 31 March 2002 all Aeroflot's flight are non-smoking flights. The ban on smoking on board the aircraft was made to improve the passenger's health and comfort.
January 2002: Despite of the dramatic events of last September, 2001 turned out to be a new, good year for Aeroflot in Norway. Never before have so many passengers travelled by our flights from Norway to Russia.
2001 showed an increase in passenger boardings from Oslo by 10.9% compared to 2000. In the month of December the best monthly average load factor ever recorded from Oslo was achieved; 81.7%.
It is very encouraging to see that we during 2001 also had an impressive increase in the number of passengers travelling by Business Class; 148% over year 2000 figures. The main reason that more and more passengers choose to travel by our Business Class is the reconstruction of the Business Class cabin of the planes used on the Oslo-Moscow route. There are now big, comfortable leather seats with seating 2+2 abreast (compared to 3+3 in Economy Class). On board the TU-154 the pantry is situated between the The Business Class cabin and the Economy Class cabin, thus providing our Business Class passengers the ultimate discrete and comfortable travel.
Also our route Tromsш-Murmansk showed a big
increase in passenger boardings last year; +22,2% compared to 2000.
The route is now operating three times a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
March 2001: The year 2000 was a year of
stabilization and improvement of Aeroflot's economic performance. For the first time more
than 5 million passengers travelled by the airline. At the same time more than 100,000
tons of cargo and mail was transported.
2000 was a good year for Aeroflot in Norway, as well: Traffic Oslo-St.Petersburg was up 18% from 1999, Oslo-Moscow was up 11.8% and Tromsø-Murmansk up 61.6% !
New route Moscow - Chelyabinsk
September 2000: On the 4th of September Aeroflot launched a new route from Moscow to Chelyabinsk, a city in the eastern part of the Ural mountains.
Initially there will be flights three times a week.
New IL-96's for Aeroflot now on production line July 2000: Aeroflot has on order 5 new Ilyushin 96-300's to strengthen its fleet of long-haul aircraft. At this moment several new IL-96's are under construction at the VASO production line in Voronezh. The first new IL-96 will arrive to Aeroflot in February 2001.
For the new IL-96's Aeroflot has ordered a brand new cabin lay-out to optimize passenger comfort.
Aeroflot is very satisfied with the 6 aircraft already in its fleet. The IL-96 has shown an excellent technical and economical reliability. One of the IL-96's already in airline service is the Russian presidential aircraft. New customers for this splendid airliner is expected to include Xinjiang Airlines of China.
Aeroflot is building new terminal at Moscow Airport
July 2000: Aeroflot has already started the preparations to build a new terminal at Moscows international airport, Sheremetyevo. The new terminal, Sheremtyevo-3, will be Aeroflots future home base as all flights will eventually be transferred to the new terminal. The new terminal will be of good assistance to air passengers as both international and domestic flights will serve the same terminal.
Aeroflot plans to join "SkyTeam"
June 2000: Aeroflot is now working towards joining the new "SkyTeam" alliance. Apart from Aeroflot, the alliance will consist of Delta Air Lines, Air France and others. The target is to join the alliance by 2003.
Valery Okulov re-elected
June 2000: Aeroflots General Manager Valery Okulov was re-elected at the shareholders annual meeting in June. Also Alexander Zurabov, the airlines first deputy general director, finance and economics, was elected to the board. And for the first time, a foreign citizen, David Herne, a US financial expert with Unifund was elected to the board.
Aeroflot is growing and will be renamed
June 2000: The shareholders meeting decided that Aeroflot will change its name from "Aeroflot Russian International Airlines" to "Aeroflot Russian Airlines".
The change of name reflects the companys strong growth in the domestic market. Aeroflots share of the domestic Russian market grew from 4% in 1998 to 8.2% in 1999. The target for year 2000 is to take 10% of the home market.
So far this year Aeroflot has already opened new domestic services to Ufa, Mineralnye Vody and Perm.
New route Moscow - Perm
June 2000: The city of Perm is situated more than 1,000 km east of Moscow, at the river Kama. Perm developed from being a small provincial town to become a major city by the introduction of river transportation at River Kama in 1856. The arrival of the Trans-Siberian railway in 1878 brought the city on line, literally, with the rest of Russia.
Today Perm counts more than a million inhabitants. The city has extensive industries, an opera and three theatres. There are also several schools of higher education, and the University of Perm was established as early as 1916.
On 8th of June 2000 Aeroflot Russian International Airlines inaugurated a new route Moscow-Perm-Moscow. Flights originate and terminate at Moscow's Sheremetyevo-1 airport.
Aeroflot offers convenient, same-day connections Oslo-Moscow-Perm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Returns Perm-Moscow-Oslo is on Tuesdays and Fridays.
New route to Mineralnye Vody
March 2000: On the 15th of March Aeroflot will open a new route to Mineralnye Vody.
Mineralnye Vody, situated in the Caucasus, is a popular holiday resort famous for its lovely climate and many thermal springs. The many spas, surrounded by an astonishing scenery, offer its guests treatment for minds and body.
Aeroflot will operate the new route Moscow - Mineralnye Vody - Moscow on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
New route to Ufa
February 2000: On the 28th of February Aeroflot Russian International Airlines will open a new route Moscow-Ufa.
The route will be served by Aeroflots new Boeing 737-400s, offering the passengers comfortable seating and in-flight video entertainment.
There will be four weekly flights. Some of the flights will leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport (terminal 1) after midnight, arriving Ufa in early morning, local time. This schedule enables same-day connection from all points in Europe. The return flight from Ufa will arrive back to Moscow early in the morning, Moscow time, thus providing swift connections back to Europe.
Aeroflot shows good results for 1999
January 2000: 1999 was a very good year for Aeroflot in Norway. The number of passengers boarding the company's flights from Oslo to St.Petersburg and Moscow increased by 22.75%.
The number of passengers travelling between Oslo and St.Petersburg increased by 16.4%, while the number of passengers bound for Moscow increased by 25.7%. There was also a healthy growth in transit passengers from Oslo via Moscow to 3rd countries: 21.5%. In this group the biggest increase was seen to Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Delhi, Bombay and Kathmandu.
More Boeings arriving to Aeroflot
December 1999: As part of the company's continuing update of its fleet, Aeroflot Russian International Airlines returned in the end of 1999 its two original Boeing 767s to their leasing company. In return Aeroflot received two brand new Boeing 767-300ERs. In January 2000 Aeroflot took delivery of two additional aircraft of this type, increasing the number of Boeing 767s in the Aeroflot family to four.
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