Singapore Airlines and Transaero Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement in order to expand the networks of both airlines.
The codeshare flights are available for sale from July 18 for travel from August 1. Under the agreement, Singapore Airlines will add its ‘SQ’ flight code to Transaero-operated flights between the Russian capital Moscow and Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Samara and St. Petersburg.
Transaero Airlines will, in turn, add its ‘UN’ flight code to Singapore Airlines-operated flights between Moscow and Singapore, and between Moscow and Houston.
“We are delighted to announce this agreement with Transaero. It provides new travel choices in Russia for our customers on our well-established partner airline,” says Tan Chik Quee, Singapore Airlines’ senior vice president marketing. “We are confident the tie-up will pave the way for more leisure and business travel by offering customers of both airlines more travel options via Moscow and Singapore.”
Olga Pleshakova, Transaero’s general director, remarks, “We are very pleased about this new cooperation agreement with Singapore Airlines, one of the leading carriers in the world, with internationally acclaimed top-quality service. There is no doubt that passengers from Singapore, Russia and other countries will appreciate the opportunity to arrange their trips on these new codeshare flights.”
Transaero’s daily flight UN109 between Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) and Ekaterinburg (SVX) will now also feature the Singapore Airlines flight number SQ2451. Flight UN110 between Ekaterinburg and Moscow Domodedovo will feature the flight code SQ2450.
The Russian carrier’s daily flight UN107 between Moscow Domodedovo and Novosibirsk (OVB) will feature the Singapore Airlines flight number SQ2457, while flight UN108 on the OVB-DME return sector will also be given the flight number SQ2458.
Between Moscow Domodedovo and Samara (KUF), Transaero’s six-times-weekly flight UN145 will also now have the flight number SQ2455. Flight number UN146 in the other direction will also bear the Singapore Airlines flight number SQ2456.
Transaero’s flight UN5, which operates five days a week between Moscow Domodedovo and St Petersburg (LED), is given the additional flight number SQ2459. The Russian airline’s once-weekly flight UN7 on the same route gets the additional flight number SQ2453. In the other direction, LED-DME, Transaero’s six-times-weekly flight UN6 is given the Singapore Airlines flight number SQ2452.
The new codeshare agreement will also see Singapore Airlines’ daily flight SQ62 between Singapore and Moscow Domodedevo receiving the Transaero flight number UN7062. In the other direction, daily flight SQ61 will be given the additional flight number UN7061.
Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Moscow flight continues on to Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and this leg of the flight also receives the Transaero flight number UN7062. The return sector, IAH-DME, also forms part of flight SQ61 and this sector also will feature the Transaero flight number UN7061.
Transaero Airlines has grown to become the second-largest passenger airline in Russia after beginning operations in November 1991. Its fleet consists of 16 Boeing 747s, eight Boeing 777s, 13 Boeing 767s, 24 Boeing 737s and three Tupolev Tu-214s. Transaero has the largest long-haul fleet in Russia and is is the only carrier flying Boeing 777s and Boeing 747s in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe.
The Russian carrier serves more than 120 routes in Russia, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Transaero operates scheduled flights from hubs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where its head office is located, as well as from Novosibirsk and Ekaterinburg. In March 2007 Transaero became the first Russian full-service airline to introduce e-ticketing and was the first airline in the country to offer Internet check-in for its passengers.