Aeroflot said its "prompt steps to balance income and expenditures" during the first quarter, along with favorable exchange rates, helped it post a RUB713.1 million ($22.7 million) net profit. It flew 5.39 billion RPKs in the quarter, down 3.8% year-over-year, on a 10.9% drop in passenger numbers. It said its April and May performance "revealed an upward drift in carriage."

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