Transaero aims to build on its interline tie-up with Canada’s WestJet by expanding its presence in the North American market through increased frequencies, new destinations and broader partnerships.
Moscow-based Transaero has signed an interline agreement with the Canadian low-cost airline which will allow the Russian airline’s passengers to connect on WestJet flights from Toronto and Los Angeles.
Transaero, which already interlines with Virgin America, currently serves four North American points from Moscow – Los Angeles, New York JFK, Miami and Toronto. Only Los Angeles is served daily.
“We are looking at more North American destinations – both in the USA and Canada – and at increasing frequencies to the existing points,” says Alexander Delezha, Transaero’s deputy head of external relations. “We’re continuing to look for more partners and extend our [types of] agreements with both current and prospective partners.”
Delezha says the airline may explore expanding to codeshares as it looks to boost its North American presence. It currently competes with local rival Aeroflot on all its North American routes and has one US competitor – Delta Air Lines – on the New York-Moscow service.
Transaero’s Moscow operations are divided across the city’s three main airports – Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo – but it has progressively transferred all its North American services to the latter airport. The Los Angeles service will be the last to transfer, from the start of the 2013 winter season at the end of October.