29. 6. 2006 - Czech Airlines Adds Flights to the Russian Federation

June 29, 2006

Czech Airlines (CSA) and the Russian airline Aeroflot have announced that, starting July 1st, they will be expanding their business partnership. This expansion will include new co-sharing flights to destinations that were, up until now, only being serviced by one of these carriers. Starting tomorrow, Czech Airlines will be offering service to four new Russian destinations – Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Omsk and Barnaul. In return, customers of Aeroflot will be able to use Prague as a stopover on their trips to the Irish cities of Cork and Dublin, to Manchester in the UK and to Edinburgh in Scotland. For both carriers, the new expansion of their partnership will result not only in a broader range of services that they can offer to their passengers, it will also have a strongly positive financial benefit for both airlines due to their joint operation of the code-shared flights.  

"Thanks to our partnership with Aeroflot, CSA will be able to offer its passengers four additional Russian destinations as part of its continuing expansion into eastern markets. We would like to use the newly added flights as an opportunity to respond to the increasing needs of our passengers – particularly, business travelers visiting Russia and seeking new business opportunities. These flights will also enable us to reach out to our Russian clientele who now use Prague as a stopover on their travels to Western Europe. In addition, CSA will be the first foreign carrier to have its own flight codes within the Russian Federation,"said Marie Macounová, CSA's Vice President for Marketing and Product Development.

CSA passengers will have the added benefit of the opportunity to collect frequent flyer miles when flying on the newly added flights and enjoy the rewards that are part of membership in the CSA OK loyalty program.

CSA will service the four new destinations as part of a code-sharing agreement with Aeroflot under which the CSA code - OK and four-digit flight number - will be used for the flights from Moscow to Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Omsk and Barnaul. The two carriers will use a similar system to share the operation of the flights from Prague to Cork, Dublin, Manchester and Edinburgh, where the Aeroflot SU code will appear.

In addition to the newly launched code-share flights, the joint operation of the Prague – Moscow and Moscow – Karlovy Vary flights by CSA and Aeroflot will continue. The connection from Prague to Moscow will be 4 times a day and the connection from Moscow to Karlovy Vary will be serviced by both carriers 5 times a week.

In April, Russia's Aeroflot joined the SkyTeam Alliance, which also includes CSA and another eight international carriers.

Jana Víšková
Czech Airlines Spokesperson