26 August, 2015, Moscow. — Aeroflot and Saudia, the flag carriers and largest airlines in Russia and Saudi Arabia respectively, announce that they have entered a codeshare agreement that expands their networks between popular business and leisure destinations in the two countries.
The new codeshare flights are now available for purchase for flights starting from August 1, 2015. Subject to regulatory approval, Aeroflot will place Saudia SV code on codeshare services on the following routes: Moscow — Cairo — Jeddah, Moscow/St. Petersburg — Istanbul — Jeddah/Riyadh, Moscow — Dubai — Riyadh. Aeroflot will also place its SU code on codeshare flights with Saudia between Jeddah — Cairo — Moscow, Jeddah/Riyadh — Istanbul — Moscow/St. Petersburg, Riyadh — Dubai — Moscow. Customers travelling between Saudi Arabia and Russia will now be able to connect seamlessly with one ticket between Russia and Saudi Arabia via Istanbul, Cairo and Dubai.
The agreement between the two airlines, both members of the SkyTeam global alliance, will strengthen the carriers’ positions in both markets and give customers greater convenience and flexibility. Passengers will benefit from simplified bookings, seamless connections on a single ticket and baggage check-through to the final destination.
Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot, said: «We are pleased to offer our customers a smoother and more convenient experience when travelling between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and expect this agreement will open new opportunities for passengers of Aeroflot and Saudia».
Abdul Mohsen Jonaid, CEO of Saudia, said: «We are delighted to launch this new cooperation with Aeroflot. It illustrates our Group’s strategic positioning that continuously strengthens our offer between Saudia Arabia and the rest of the world by developing our network ourselves or, like today, with strategic partners as Aeroflot. This code-share agreement with Aeroflot connects us to Russia for the first time to the benefit of our guests.»
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 one of the youngest fleets in the world, numbering 163 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 sixth time in 2015, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. In 2015 Aeroflot was named by SKYTRAX as the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fourth time. Find more at www.aeroflot.com.
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Since its establishment in 1945, Saudia has grown to provide its services to passengers between 26 domestic and 55 international destinations in the Middle-East, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. At present, Saudia carries about 26.5 million passengers annually. Saudia continues to expand and modernize its fleet with the plan to almost double its fleet with the acquisition of 100 new aircrafts in the next five years.
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