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    A mere 10 years ago Sheremetievo was only a small town near Moscow.

    Today it is?

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    Background: A mere 10 years ago Sheremetievo was only a small town near Moscow.

    Today it is one of the largest airports in the world. The airport building made in a modern style houses the port's services and halls for passengers.

    You can get any information about the flights at an inquiry office, of which there are several.

    Ten years ago, when the first aircraft took off from Sheremetievo, the Soviet airline Aeroflot was maintaining cooperation with a score of countries. Today this number has increased by three and a half times. The Soviet Union's partners are big airlines such as Air France, KLM, Al Italia, BEA, Interflug, CSA, LOT, PIA and Pan American.

    The dispatch service at the airfield is equipped with the latest equipment. Precise and reliable instruments for homing and landing enable the dispatcher to keep all the planes under observation within a range of tens of kilometres from the airport. Pilots can be certain that skilled hands will bring their planes exactly onto the runway even when weather is bad.

    The captains of the liners landing at Sheremetievo are also certain that they would be not only brought in to land but as soon as their planes taxi up for parking, they will get a full technical service and refuelled with fine aircraft fuel.

    But what if a plane and its units have to be seriously overhauled? This is no problem either. The airport has first-rate technical facilities. Specialists with a higher engineering education will do the complete overhauling, beginning from a check of the fuselage of a plane and ending with stand tests of the very accurate instruments.

    For their equipment the Sheremetievo laboratories remind a research center.

    But while a plane is being checked and reduelled, passengers can also get a snack. Russian dishes need no advertising. They can be tasted by those who come to Moscow by planes of the many partners of the Aeroflot airline.

    Any passenger carries luggage. Its delivery and handing over to the passengers used to give a headache to the transportation section. Today the process is mechanised at the Sheremetievo airport. The passengers save precious minutes.

    In a word, for its tenth anniversary the international airport of Moscow has become one of the best ones in the world. When the Aeroflot airline invites you to fly by it and promises a wide range of impressions, it is not only an advertisement. The Soviet people are justly proud of their country's progress, as it has now become a country of a large air fleet, one of the world's largest...

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