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Lufthansa and AiRUnion to enter partnership

Lufthansa and the Russian airline alliance AiRUnion have unveiled plans to expand their services within Russia in order to offer their respective passengers a wider choice of flights. Both…

Lufthansa and the Russian airline alliance AiRUnion have unveiled plans to expand their services within Russia in order to offer their respective passengers a wider choice of flights. Both carriers have signed a corresponding Memorandum of Understanding towards the development of a strategic partnership, which initially foresees the reciprocal sale of tickets from the summer of 2008 and, in the medium term, code-share flights and cooperation on their frequent flyer programmes.

AiRUnion operates a comprehensive route network and offers flights to 35 destinations in all the important regions of Russia. Under the partnership agreement, these domestic connections will complement Lufthansa`s extensive services. Lufthansa already offers 200 flights per week to 18 destinations in Russia and the CIS and is thus one of the leading western European airlines operating in this region.

Russia is an important destination for our customers – and it is growing steadily in significance. Together with AiRUnion, we will be able to provide a dense network of connections within Russia for our passengers and thus crucially improve our position in this up-and-coming market, said Lufthansa CEO and Chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber. This cooperation is also important in strategic terms, as we aim to develop the partnership between Lufthansa and AiRUnion into an important and strong alliance in Russia.

Lufthansa to move Moscow flights to Domodedovo Airport

Lufthansa is planning to shift its passenger and cargo operations in Moscow from Sheremetyevo Airport to Domodedovo. A Memorandum of Understanding to that effect has been signed by Domodedovo Airport and Lufthansa. At the start of the 2008 summer timetable, all Lufthansa`s Moscow flights will be operated from this modern commercial airport. Following the move, the Star Alliance member airlines currently represented in Moscow (Swiss, Austrian Airlines, bmi, Singapore Airlines, Spanair and Thai Airways) will all be located at the same airport.

Domodedovo is also a hub airport used by several Russian carriers, which operate flights from Moscow to numerous destinations throughout Russia.

Domodedovo is situated 37 kilometres south-east of the centre of Moscow and has good motorway and express train links to the Russian capital. Handling 15 million passengers a year, it is the largest airport in Eastern Europe and now also the leading hub for destinations within Russia, in other Eastern European countries as well as in Central Asia. Today, all airlines are handled in a single terminal at Domodedovo.

By shifting our operations to Domodedovo, we will once again be able to work with our partners under one roof and offer our passengers a standardised service. Lufthansa passengers will find a modern, service-oriented environment at Domodedovo, says Lufthansa CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Wolfgang Mayrhuber. Furthermore, the planned extension of Domodedovo will open up new, exciting perspectives in one of the fastest-growing markets worldwide.

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