By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (February 9, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps takes to the skies over Russia.


Today is Civil Aviation Day in Russia, celebrating the 101st anniversary of the founding of Aeroflot.

The government-owned airline is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world.  Its headquarters is in the central administrative district of Moscow with its main hub at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

After the Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Aeroflot was divided into approximately 400 regional small airlines.  Aeroflot currently flies to 104 destinations; its international service being severely cut after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Criticized for its safety record, Aeroflot has had more crashes than any other airline and the most passenger deaths – over 8200 – in the industry. 

In 2016, the company was involved in a legal dispute concerning flight attendant pay to be linked to dress size.  Despite citing a passenger survey about preference in appearance and the amount of fuel needed for heavier weight women, the court ultimately ruled the policy unenforceable and ordered back compensation paid.

Aeroflot is headquartered in Moscow as are Tupolev and Ilyushin, the two main Russian plane manufacturers.  Hence, we present this map of European Russia, with Moscow in the inset, from 1614 by Gerritsz.

Russia w/Moscow inset – 1614 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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