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Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:53 pm

According to yesterday's news update, not yet translated into English, on Aeroflot's website (, 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  Big grin.....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?
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:10 pm

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.
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:50 pm

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.
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Sun Sep 26, 2004 5:15 pm

Any News of Malaysia Airlines Joining anyone of these alliances?
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Sun Sep 26, 2004 6:44 pm

Hopefully CO will serve EWR-SVO  Smile
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Sun Sep 26, 2004 7:02 pm

Congratulations for AeroFlot! This would probably be the right step of making Russia a more advanced country, and not be left out on its own! Once again, congrats!!
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:58 am

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...
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:12 am

MAS747... I think MH will join SkyTeam
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:28 am

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!
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 2:54 am

I am definitely pleased by SU's joining of SkyTeam, and hope for MH to join as well. A South Asian / Ocania network is desperately needed in SkyTeam!

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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:11 am

I was about to post this thread a couple of days ago but forgot  Sad. 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.

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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 3:43 am

Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam.... I wonder how many times SkyTeam had to turn blind eye to SU's standards.

I don't understand why SkyTeam doesn't they speed up finding a SE Asian (MH as obvious choice) and South American carrier instead.
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Mon Sep 27, 2004 8:38 am

Very good news. Now they just need Avianca and MAS.  Smile
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RE: Aeroflot Confirms SkyTeam

Tue Sep 28, 2004 1:16 am

All related press releases have now been translated into English and appear on Aeroflot's site at 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.... Big grin

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