Two articles in the Moscow Times today (www.moscowtimes.ru), one in print, both on their website, has Aeroflot first choosing SkyTeam due to implied rebuff by Star Alliance (Lufthansa), and then Lufthansa telling the newspaper that actually it would be better if Aeroflot joined Star. Aeroflot has publicly stated it has chosen Skyteam, but its major shareholder, the gov't, has to ultimately decide. Aeroflot is already very well code-shared with Air France and CSA, but competes with Delta on the SVO
route. However, Delta would gain access to many destinations in Russia via codeshare, while Lufthansa already serves 7 of them directly from Germany. My 2 cents is that it will be SkyTeam in the end, but the serious questions of whether SVO
will ever be overhauled or augmented with a new terminal loom, as well as the general negative perception of Aeroflot by westerners in general. Aeroflot also flys many Soviet aircraft, some of which are nearly as old as Northwest's DC-9s (lol), that while perfectly safe, do not enjoy a good public reputation. Any more insights? For more opinions you can also look on www.aviatsiya.ru...