Transaero’s Head of Service, Irina Frolova, and Gennady Proschikin, Vnukovo’s Head of Airport Complex, were cutting the ribbon as the airline launched its first-ever route from the airport.
- Transaero continues to expand the international network it offers from Moscow’s three airports. On 27 April, the airline launched daily services from Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) to Tel Aviv (TLV), which will be operated with 737-500 aircraft. Flights to Tel Aviv depart from the new Terminal A, which is “an important step towards full implementation of the strategic cooperation memorandum signed earlier by the two companies,” according to Olga Pleashakova, Transaero’s Director General. While there is no direct competition on the route, the airline itself already offers twice-daily flights from Domodedovo, in competition with El Al (15 weekly flights) and Israir (4). Further daily services are offered by Aeroflot from Sheremetyevo. In addition, Transaero resumed flights from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Los Angeles (LAX), and now offers twice-weekly flights on the route. Aeroflot’s four-weekly services from Sheremetyevo pose the only competition. The new Los Angeles service is Transaero’s third route to the United States after New York JFK and Miami flights. The airline has, however, served Los Angeles before. From Moscow Sheremetyevo, the airline operated between 1996 and 1999.