Aeroflot has suspended its first deputy general director of operations, Andrei Kalmykov, pending a Russian federal probe into his conduct.
The airline says Kalmykov has been freed from his duties for the period of an investigation which has been launched by the Moscow regional branch of the federal prosecutor general's office.
"The law-enforcement agency has opened a legal case over a considerable damage inflicted to commercial interests of Aeroflot and the state, which is its majority shareholder," says Aeroflot, which does not elaborate on allegations brought against Kalmykov.
Last year, Russian tourist industry officials accused Kalmykov of manipulating the sale of blocks of seats on Aeroflot's international charter flights during seasonal auctions in a way that gave preferential treatment to travel agent Sunrise Tour, which is owned by his wife and relatives. Sunrise Tour refuted these allegations, but in February Aeroflot launched an internal investigation, which proved inconclusive pending the decision of legal authorities.