Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, has begun an interline agreement and a fare pro-rate agreement with U.S. carrier Virgin America.
According to Transaero Airlines, the interline agreement will provide opportunities for Transaero’s passengers to travel on one ticket between Moscow and any destination in Virgin America’s U.S. domestic route network, via connections at Los Angeles International Airport and New York JFK.
Similarly, U.S. travelers can now take Virgin America flights to Los Angeles or New York and continue on to Moscow on Transaero’s flights.
The special pro-rate agreement (SPA) signed by Transaero and Virgin America allows passengers to buy tickets combining flights on the two airlines on certain routes at special competitive prices, according to the Russian carrier.
Special fares, which feature a connection at Los Angeles International Airport, are available on routes between Moscow and U.S. cities such as Washington D.C., Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Under the SPA, the two carriers are also offering through fares on routes between Moscow and San Francisco or Las Vegas via New York JFK.
“The signing of [the] Interline and Special Pro-rate Agreement with Virgin America is our next step to further develop Transaero Airlines’ route network in North America,” says Roman Vdovеnko, sales director of Transaero Airlines. “I’m sure that our cooperation with Virgin America will be fruitful and mutually beneficial.”
Transaero operates scheduled non-stop flights linking Moscow with New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
The Russian airline also has partnership agreements with several major international carriers which offer its passengers additional ways to travel between Moscow and a number of destinations in North America.
Under a codeshare agreement with Singapore Airlines, Transaero puts its code on SIA’s non-stop flights flight between Moscow and Houston.
Another Transaero codeshare agreement, with Virgin Atlantic Airways, lets its passengers travel between Moscow and San Francisco, Boston and Orlando via a connection at London Heathrow Airport.
Tranasero also has an interline agreement with United Airlines, which allows the Russian carrier’s passengers to travel on one ticket to nearly all of United’s many U.S. destinations.
Connecting tickets on flights of Transaero Airlines and Virgin America are available at Transaero’s sales offices and travel-agent offices.
Transaero began commercial services in November 1991. It was the first Russian carrier to operate Western-built jets (boeing 737-200s) and its now fleet consists of 100 aircraft.
These include 20 Boeing 747-400s, four 747-300s (due to be replaced in 2015 by four new Airbus A380s ordered by Transaero, the only Russian customer to date for the superjumbo aircraft); five Boeing 777-300s; nine 777-200ERs; 15 767s (767-200Ers and 767-300ERs); 42 Boeing 737s, including 18 737NGs); three Tupolev Tu-214s and two Tu-204-100C aircraft.
The airline also has four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, eight Airbus A320neos and six Sukhoi Superjet 100s on order.
Transaero has the largest long-haul fleet in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. It is the only commercial carrier flying Boeing 747 passenger aircraft in the region.
According to the German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Center (JACDEC), Transaero ranks among the top 20 safest carriers in the world. Transaero serves more than 190 routes, to destinations in Russia, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.