Russia’s Transaero Airlines and UK’s easyJet to launch Moscow-London route

Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, and easyJet, a UK-based airline, have signed an agreement on flights between Moscow Domodedovo and London Gatwick.

Under the terms of the commercial agreement, Transaero Airlines will distribute a proportion of seats on easyJet’s twice-daily flights on the Moscow Domodedovo to London Gatwick route. Olga Pleshakova, CEO of Transaero Airlines, and Chris Kennedy, chief financial officer for easyJet, signed the agreement.

Pleshakova, said: ‘Undoubtedly we are glad to welcome the launch of the commercial cooperation with easyJet that will offer more choices for our passengers on the Moscow-London route. In addition to our own services from Moscow Vnukovo airport to Heathrow airport, Transaero Airlines will allow our passengers to get to London’s Gatwick airport from Transaero’s base airport with an extensive route network – Moscow Domodedovo airport. We are sure that this is unique in the context of the airline’s history of cooperation and will be mutually beneficial.’

Catherine Lynn, group commercial director at easyjet, said: ‘We are pleased to be working with Transaero and look forward to welcoming many new customers onboard easyJet flights. We now operate two services per day between Moscow Domodedovo and London Gatwick using our fleet of modern Airbus aircraft, which are amongst the youngest in Europe. London Gatwick is perfectly located for exploring the capital city or the south east of England and also provides access to easyJet’s wider network of 100 destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.’

Effective from October 27, 2013, the agreement will apply to the flights that will be operated under the codes: from London UN7401/U28401 and UN7403/U28403 as well as from Moscow UN7402/U28402 and UN7404/U28404.

Transaero Airlines’ tickets on the Domodedovo to Gatwick route operated by easyJet under joint UN/U2 code will be available at the airline’s sales offices as well as Transaero’s agent offices.

In October 2012, the UK Civil Aviation Authority granted approval to British Airways and EasyJet to operate a service between London and Moscow Domodedovo under bilateral agreements with the Russian government.