AEROFLOT AND ALITALIA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
December 03 2009, Moscow.- CEO of JSC Aeroflot Russian Airlines Vitaly Savelyev and Chairman of Alitalia Board of Directors Roberto Colaninno have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies, within the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev’s official visit to Italy to take part in the expanded Russian-Italian summit intergovernmental talks. The document ascertains the intention of both Airlines to develop their existing bilateral partnership and cooperative relationship.
The goal of the cooperation is to further develop new routes and frequencies between Italy and Russia as well as implement a wide ranging reciprocal code-share to domestic and beyond destinations (Alitalia services to Africa, Middle East and Latin America will ideally show the Aeroflot code; Aeroflot services to Asia will reciprocally bear the Alitalia code). Such ambitious development will allow Alitalia and Aeroflot to improve their joint presence on key aviation markets.
Alitalia and Aeroflot intend to cooperate more closely in network planning between Russia and Italy, in reservation procedures in order to increase connectivity between their respective networks, in joint sales and marketing promotions to increase the flows of business and tourist passengers between the two countries.
Both Airlines intend to also extend mutual access to their loyalty programs and to harmonize their passenger service standards, irrespective of the actual operating carrier on the route, to the benefit of the common customers.
Alitalia and Aeroflot are going to partner in information technology, charter and cargo traffic as well as in the other spheres of the airlines’ activity.
In order to manage effectively their strengthened cooperation, Alitalia and Aeroflot will establish a governance mechanism: it will ensure the timely and balanced delivery of positive results, to the airlines and their customers.
Alitalia and Aeroflot have a long standing cooperation based on bilateral agreements such as code sharing, interline, interline e-ticketing, and are both key members of the SkyTeam Alliance.
At present Alitalia and Aeroflot code share jointly operated daily flights between Moscow and Rome, Milan, Venice and Torino.
The signature of this Memorandum inaugurates a new stage in the development of the commercial cooperation between the two Airlines and adds a valuable contribution to the progress of the Italian-Russian relationship.
AEROFLOT is based in Moscow, in the Sheremetyevo International Airport. As Russia’s largest carrier, the company flew 9.3 million passengers in 2008, together with its subsidiaries, 11.6 million. Aeroflot operates its own flights to 97 destinations in 46 countries. It accounts for over 42% of Russia’s scheduled international traffic. The company strives to enhance its share of domestic traffic, which now is 13.7% (with its subsidiaries, around 20%).
Aeroflot is a member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance. Aeroflot provides its customers with an access to a route network of 856 destinations in 169 countries (more info is available on www.skyteam.com). Aeroflot operates code-sharing agreements with 29 carriers in and outside Russia.
Aeroflot operates one of Europe’s youngest air fleets that consists of 111 aircrafts, about two thirds are state-of-the-art airliners. The air fleet is regularly replenished. The company plans to receive the new generation Russian airplanes Sukhoi SuperJet-100.
Aeroflot complies with the highest international safety standards. Following the results of the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the company was the first Russian carrier to be included in the IOSA Registry. In 2009, Aeroflot has confirmed the certificate for the third time, and successfully passed the ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) procedure. In March 2008, the company’s Quality Management System was certified as complying with ISO 9001:2000. You are welcome to buy an e-ticket, obtain any info on booking and flight status, obtain a ticket for your bonus miles, read the news and find out more about Aeroflot on our website www.aeroflot.ru.
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