Your questions are pretty much answered in the report I posted from The Moscow Times.
Personally, I think it would be a great move for SU....afterall BA, LH, AF, SR, etc, all have their feeder airlines in Europe. Getting Virgin Ireland under the SU stable would enable them to ferry passengers to the hub which SU are talking of setting up in LHR, CDG or BER.
Having said this, the Russian people I have spoken to about this story were not expecting it; it has come right out of left field.
More information on exactly what is happening is expected to be coming out in the next few days. Will keep ya posted.
Amir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12 Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1246 times:
i also read this today. At first glance it looks a bit surprising! but afteral Aeroflot is an airline and we ar ein time of M&A so basiucally nothing crazy about that!
The only ting that surprises me is the fact that SU will then go against the strategy of increasing the ration of preimum revenues. What SU needs is a reliable partner who feeds their hubs and in return who gets pax from them. The thing is that as long as they operate out of different airports with poor logistical links it will be a tough job to attract any premium pax to travel with them. THis is the man headache of so many russian carriers, they mught have good loadsin termsof pax figures but almost all traficis leisure and ethinc this means low low yields. Transaero is setting an example of how to attract biz. travellers by offering good equipment, convinient departuretimes and good service.