Kuala Lumpur (MALAYSIA AIRLINES) - Effective January 2007, Malaysia Airlines and Transaero Airlines will operate direct air services between Kuala Lumpur and Moscow, made possible through a code share arrangement between the two airlines.
Malaysia Airlines’ Commercial Director, Dato’ Abdul Rashid Khan and Transaero Airlines Deputy Director General, Mr Dmitry Stoliarov signed this agreement today on behalf of the two airlines at Malaysia Airlines’ headquarters in Subang, Malaysia.
Through this partnership, Transaero Airlines will initially offer 8 scheduled flights from 2 January 2006 till 17 March 2006 between Moscow Domodedovo Airport and KL International Airport (KLIA) using a 230 seater Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
These will be operated from Moscow on 2, 13 and 23 January 2007, 3, 13 and 24 February 2007 and 6 and 17 March 2007. In future number of flights will increase.
The outbound flight (UN551/MH9055) departs Moscow at 2100 hours and arrives KLIA the next day at 1210 hours. The return flight (UN551/MH9056) departs KLIA at 1310 hours and arrives Moscow at 1935 hours.
Malaysia Airlines will have direct access to the seat inventory of all Transaero flights between KLIA and Moscow, to be marketed using Malaysia Airlines’ flight numbers MH9055 and MH9056.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dato Rashid Khan said, “This partnership is in line with the ‘Winning Coalitions’ thrust of our Business Transformation Plan to increase connectivity between Malaysia and other countries through strategic cooperation with airline partners. This is also timely as we are focused on increasing tourist arrivals into Malaysia for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and beyond”.
“We will also use this opportunity to explore and gain better market access in Russia and the former Soviet Union states, using Moscow for our hub-and spoke operations for this purpose”, he added.
Mr Dmitry Stoliarov said, “Through this agreement we hope to meet the rising demand for the comfortable and safe schedule air transportation between Russian Federation and the Asian Region, which is of strategic significance for Transaero.”
“We will also explore all avenues to increase the relations between Russia and Malaysia in every aspect, including tourism development between the two countries. We are also confident that this partnership will cement further collaboration between Transaero Airlines and Malaysia Airlines in the long term” he added.
Air tickets for this route is offered through Malaysia Airlines appointed general sales agent in Russia and through ABDA Aviation Sdn Bhd, Transaero Airlines’ General Sales Agent in Malaysia.
With this partnership, Transaero Airlines will strive to expand its international presence by leveraging on Malaysia Airlines’ excellent network beyond Kuala Lumpur into South East Asia and Australia/New Zealand.
Likewise, Malaysia Airlines will provide vital and direct air link between Malaysia and the Russian capital through this code-share partnership as well as market interline travel between Moscow and other Russian cities.
About Transaero Airlines
Transaero Airlines (www.transaero.ru) is the contemporary of the New Russia and on November 5, this year it celebrated its 15th anniversary. It has fast developed into one of the largest air carriers of Russia. During the 15 years of its operations, Transaero transported over 14 million passengers. From the passenger turnover perspective in the Russian Federation, Transaero holds the 3rd place in terms of passenger flow, the 2nd place in terms of passenger flow on international routes and the 1st place in terms of passenger flow on tourist routes.
Transaero operates its flights from Moscow and St Petersburg to dozens of Russian cities and also to the countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Northern and Central America using a fleet of 6 Boeing 747, 7 Boeing 767 and 11 Boeing 737.
Transaero Airlines takes leading stands in providing the aviation safety. It has an absolutely clear aircraft accident record.
Transaero have received more than 50 Russian and international awards.
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