On September 20, 2001 LOT Polish Airlines and Aeroflot have signed a code-share agreement in Moscow. On behalf of the Polish party the agreement has been signed by Jan Litwinski - President & CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, on behalf of the Russian party - Aeroflot General Director, Walery Okulow. The agreement applies to all connections between Warsaw and Moscow.
From October 28th, 2001 the code-share agreement will provide for both carriers to make seat blocks mutually available on the Warsaw - Moscow route. As a result of the agreement, the Winter 2001 season will also see an increased number of connections between the two cities, up to two daily:
* SU102/LO5677 Warsaw-Moscow - serviced by Aeroflot, departure at 11:40 am*
* LO677/SU104 Warsaw-Moscow - serviced by LOT, departure at 4:05 pm*
* SU101/LO5678 Moscow-Warsaw - serviced by Aeroflot, departure at 10:35 am*
* LO678/SU103 Moscow-Warsaw - serviced by LOT, departure at 8:00 pm*
Aeroflot is the 20th air carrier to sign this kind of co-operation agreement with LOT Polish Airlines. The new agreement will definitely be mutually very beneficial. First of all, for passengers it will mean a better offer due to the increased number of connections and improved access to both carriers’ transit flights - said Jan Litwinski, President & CEO of LOT Polish Airlines.
Additionally, the co-operation between both airlines will result in improved profitability of the connections and better offer management due to the new option of selling unused seats to the partner. President Litwinski also emphasized the role that Moscow plays in the LOT flight network expansion strategy - Moscow is a powerful political, business and culture center. It also is an important transit hub. The development of relationship between Poland and The Russian Federation will be conducive to the increase in traffic between Warsaw and Moscow.