bmi enters Russian market with Transaero

11th Jul 2006

Star Alliance carrier bmi and Russian Federation carrier Transaero will
both launch daily return flights on 29th October at the start of the
winter timetable period. The new services from Heathrow are part of a
commercial agreement signed by the two carriers in
London. This will double the number of return flights to Moscow
Domodedovo from Heathrow to four round trips per day.

A commercial agreement between the two carriers was a condition of the
designation of bmi to serve Moscow from London Heathrow, following the
recent bilateral negotiation between the UK and Russian Federation
Governments. Through the agreement both airlines will benefit from
reciprocal codeshare and sales activities. This will allow bmi to offer
onward connections in the Russian Federation on the services of
Transaero from Moscow Domodedovo. Transaero will be able to offer
connecting flights at Heathrow onto the extensive domestic, European and
long haul network of bmi.

Nigel Turner, chief executive officer of bmi said “We have concluded a
very constructive and mutually beneficial agreement with Transaero. This
will allow us to enter an entirely new market and develop further our
growing route network from Heathrow.  We are determined to deliver to
this market the best possible value for money, through the fares that
they pay and the level of service they receive.”

Alexander Krinichansky, executive director of Transaero said “We are
delighted that we have been able to conclude this agreement with bmi.
With the launch of new competitive services from Heathrow by Transaero
and Star Alliance member bmi, we see great potential for both point to
point and connecting services. Jointly selling these new services in our
respective countries will enable Transaero and bmi to benefit from the
strength and reputation we enjoy in our home markets. We look forward to
a long, meaningful working relationship through the implementation of
our new agreement.”


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