May 13, 2003, Moscow. - Today in the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Moscow CSA President Miroslav Kula and Aeroflot General Director Valery Okulov have signed the Code-Sharing Agreement on free sale basis.
Beginning from June 1, 2003, both companies start 21 joint flights a week. At the same time 11 flights will be made by CSA Company and 10 flights - by Aeroflot. Three daily flights between Prague and Moscow will be made in the morning, afternoon and evening.
According to Aeroflot-Russian Airlines General Director Valery Okulov, passing on to the bilateral cooperation within free sale will enable Aeroflot to provide better service for passengers increasing flight frequency for the route Moscow - Prague - Moscow and also make possible to join the companies' flights with flights of Asian-Pacific direction that will bring more convenience and increase the efficiency of functioning the line.
Flights of both companies made by Boeing 637 have business class and economy class services. In Moscow CSA and Aeroflot are operated in the terminal of Sheremeyevo-2 Airport. In Prague Ruzyne Airport CSA and Aeroflot flights will be made from one terminal.
The Code-Sharing Agreement signed today is the development of old traditions of bilateral cooperation between Aeroflot and CSA. Before the Code-Sharing Agreement was signed Aeroflot and CSA had already agreements on joint carriages with 16 airline companies including LOT, Malev, Air France, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and others.
Aeroflot makes regular flights to 103 points of 54 countries of the world. In 2002 the airline company transported 5.5 million passengers; operation income amounted to 45 billion rubles, net profit - 3.2 billion rubles.