MOSCOW, 19 March 2015. — Aeroflot and Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Argentina respectively, signed a code-sharing agreement today at the Moscow International Tourism & Trade Exhibition (MITT 2015).
The agreement between the two airlines, both members of the SkyTeam global alliance, will strengthen the carriers’ positions in both markets and provide customers with greater convenience and flexibility in their travel. Madrid and Barcelona will serve as the transit hubs for the code-shared flights.
Subject to regulatory approval, Aerolineas Argentinas will place its ‘AR’ code on services operated by Aeroflot between Moscow and Buenos Aires via both Madrid and Barcelona. Aeroflot will place its ‘SU’ code on flights operated by Aerolineas Argentinas between Buenos Aires and Moscow via Madrid and Barcelona.
Aerolineas Argentinas President and Chief Executive Officer Mariano Recalde said: «This agreement with Aeroflot will offer our customers unparalleled access to the Russian market and open new opportunities for Russians traveling to Buenos Aires or elsewhere in Argentina thanks to our strong domestic network.»
«We look forward to a successful relationship with Aerolineas Argentinas,» said Aeroflot’s Director for External Relations and Alliances Natalya Teimurazova. «We are pleased to offer customers a smoother and more convenient experience when travelling between Russia and Argentina. We expect this agreement will open new opportunities for passengers of Aeroflot and Aerolineas Argentinas».
Aeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and one of the largest airline groups in Europe. In 2014 Aeroflot carried 23.6 million passengers (34.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries) a record for any Russian airline. A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,052 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. Aeroflot operates the youngest fleet in the world among major airlines, numbering 153 Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety. The Company’s European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, which is the main globally recognized safety parameter, is comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the fifth time in 2013. Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2014 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the third time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.
About Aerolineas Argentinas
Founded in 1950, Aerolíneas Argentinas is one of the leading South American carriers. From its home bases in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Aerolíneas Argentinas flies to 24 international destinations in the Americas and Europe, covering a route network across 15 countries. Along with Austral Líneas Aéreas, Aerolíneas operates flights to 36 destinations in Argentina, flying to more cities in the Argentine territory than any other airline. Aerolíneas provides dynamic links between Argentina and the region through its relaunched hub in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery city airport. Aerolíneas operates 22 routes linking an increasing number of cities in Argentina without having to connect flights in Buenos Aires. In 2014, Aerolíneas carried more than 9.5 million passengers, an all-time record for the company, standing among the top two airlines with more intra South America passenger traffic. The Aerolíneas group is carrying out an ambitious fleet renewal program. The fleet is composed of a total of 70 aircraft, including Airbus 330 / 340, Boeing 737-700 / 800 and Embraer 190 jets. The Aerolíneas group is also committed to develop and achieve the highest level of safety and quality operations performance. Both Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral were certified under the IOSA registry originally in 2007, renewing their registrations successfully for the third time. The airline is member of the SkyTeam global alliance since September 2012. For more information about the company, visit www.aerolineas.com.