Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2631 times:
According to yesterday's news update, not yet translated into English, on Aeroflot's website (www.aeroflot.ru), SU and AF, its principal partner, have completed agreements for SU entrance to Skyteam in 2005. Putin and Chirac have annouced congratualtions to this affect in regards to it also being the 50th anniversary of SU + AF cooperation. I have no idea if this correlates to the seemingly random news that SU will acquire OS A340-200, 757-200LR, and 767-300ER aircraft. I had heard about the 757's before, but the A340 thing came out of left field. I guess it will be up to spotters to tell the difference between it and the IL-96 .....anyway, I am not surprised SU chose Skyteam given its particular co-op with AF, DL, and CSA. The usual fluff about systems integration, schedule coordination, etc. has been announced as well. Any other comments?
JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2592 times:
It was a hard fight between Star and Sky to convince SU to enter its alliance. Russia is such big market that every true global alliance needs sooner or later an Russian partner. And SU made a lot of efforts to overcome its bad reputation from the Soviet area and they made big progress with all their new Boeing and Airbus planes. Don't know about their staff, but what's definitely still missing is a got hub. Sheremetyevo is very inconvenient, but they already agreed to build a complete new terminal.
What makes me wonder is how Star will react. All other Russian carriers are far behind SU and western standards. Route-wise Siberia with its hubs in Novosibirsk and Moscow-Domodedovo might offer a good coverage of Russia.
Kevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1134 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2498 times:
Star will be quiet about it, since Lufthansa covers quite a bit of ex-USSR, I would say. Lufthansa has a flight to almost every single CIS capital as well as major cities in Western and Central Russia. They will only need to open a route to one of the major cities in the Russian Far East to have a full coverage of Russia.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2251 times:
I am still not sure how SU plans for Moscow to be a hub without a new terminal. Sheremetyevo 3 is stalled again and probably won't appear for years. It's not like CDG is the pinnacle of friendliness or service, but I think some travelers will be in for a surprise transiting SVO 1 or 2 as they now are...
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7430 posts, RR: 43 Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
I think that MH was going to unveil the results of a study they made in connection with the convenience of joining an alliance and which to choose. I have not heard about the results yet but I also hope they join SkyTeam. That would be truly fantastic!
Aeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 2974 posts, RR: 29 Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2083 times:
I was about to post this thread a couple of days ago but forgot . So thanks Afay1!
This is indeed great news for Aeroflot. Everyone will benefit from this greatly. The 3rd terminal is planning to be built by 2007 so we will see. But I'm really hoping this will come to be a reality.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1773 times:
All related press releases have now been translated into English and appear on Aeroflot's site at www.aeroflot.ru. Let's see what this next years brings in terms of harmonization. It should be an interesting ride. I know this is a bit perverse, but I love flying on a TU-134 with an uninitiated western passenger who is completely horrified. I have a friend who remarked to such a person, "have you been on a NW DC-9 lately?" LOL....