Under a wave of public pressure and a hint from the Kremlin, the Russian airline has cancelled its plan to ban musical instruments from the passenger cabin as of today.
The statement reads:
Moscow, 14 February 2018 – Following requests from a number of Russia’s leading musical ensembles, Aeroflot has increased the size of musical instruments that can be carried as hand luggage from 115 to 135 cm (total combined dimensions), which will allow the majority of musical instruments to be transported inside the cabin.
Guitars exceeding 135 cm (total combined dimensions) may be possible to accommodate in the cabin, depending on the type of aircraft and its technical features, as long as the passenger has notified the airline at least 36 hours before departure.
In cases where a musical instrument is to be carried as hand luggage, the instrument will be the only piece of hand luggage allowed in the cabin.
Aeroflot’s updated regulations are in line with the best practices of other leading international airlines, and come into effect on 15 February 2018.
All the necessary information will be available via Aeroflot’s website and call centre.