Transaero Airlines intends to add Mumbai and New Delhi to its route network from the winter of 2014.
“We would like to operate to Mumbai and Delhi and at the moment Transaero is carrying out the necessary operational procedures for this,” chief executive Olga Pleshakova tells Flightglobal.
Moscow-based Transaero recently acquired new approvals to operate to Mumbai following bilateral talks between Russia and India. It already had the necessary traffic rights to fly to New Delhi.
Pleshakova believes the planned services could prove popular with Indians wishing to transit from Russia to European nations including the UK or to Canada or the USA.
The Russian carrier already operates seasonal services to Goa and used to operate to Amritsar, for which it still holds traffic rights. Innovata schedules show that Aeroflot is the only carrier operating flights from Russia to New Delhi.
Elsewhere, Transaero is keen to increase frequencies and destinations in China, with Pleshakova hopeful it can gain access to Shanghai and increase frequencies on existing routes to Beijing and Hainan.
“Currently, frequency of flights are regulated by the [bilateral] agreements between China and Russia,” she notes. “However, Transaero would be interested in more frequencies to China.”
She is confident there could be further liberalisation of traffic rights between Russia and China in the near future: “At one time it was impossible to even get the appointment for flights to Beijing, but now we have been operating these flights for five years already, so one day we will see the Russian and Chinese authorities will approve this.”