EasyJet agrees deal with Transaero ahead of Moscow launch

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UK low-cost carrier EasyJet has reached a commercial agreement with Russian carrier Transaero ahead of its launch of flights to Moscow.

EasyJet last year secured the UK carrier rights to serve the Russian capital, formerly held by BMI. The latter had codeshared with Transaero on the route.

Under the terms of the bilateral agreement to serve London-Moscow, Transaero and EasyJet are required to have a commercial deal in place.

In a short statement Transaero says it has reached agreement with EasyJet to conclude a commercial contract.

"EasyJet is pleased to have reached agreement with Transaero," says an EasyJet spokeswoman. No details of the commercial agreement have been disclosed.

The UK carrier is due to launch flights from London Gatwick to Moscow on 18 March. "We are well advanced in securing all of the necessary permissions and agreements to operate between Moscow and London," says the spokeswoman. "EasyJet has been meeting with the Federal Air Transport Agency in Moscow this week and is working with them to finalise all the necessary arrangements."