Olga Lupandina, Vnukovo Airport’s Head of Marketing, cut the ribbon for Transaero’s new route to Paris Orly together with the first passenger, Olga Kanarik from Moscow who was travelling to Paris for a month’s visit. Transaero, which partners on the new route with Aigle Azur of France, will also operate to Paris from Domodedovo.
- Taking advantage of a recently more liberalised air service agreement between Russia and France, Transaero has entered the Moscow to Paris market by launching flights from both Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to Paris Orly (ORY). Domodedovo will get two weekly flights while Vnukuvo will get five weekly flights, both initially to be operated by 737NGs. However, Transaero plans to use 777-300s on the route in the near future to meet the expected demand. According to the airline, Paris is the most popular destination in Europe with Russians. The airline will also codeshare on Aigle Azur’s new four-times weekly Orly – Vnukovo flights that also started this week. Air France and Aeroflot (both SkyTeam members) currently operate five daily flights each between Paris CDG and Moscow Sheremetyevo. These new services will provide some much needed competition on the route. For more information about Transaero, see this week’s airline analysis.