2007-07-15 - LH und Air UnionLufthansa and AiRUnion to enter partnership
Russischer Partner für Lufthansa<br /> Lufthansa and the Russian airline alliance AiRUnion have announced 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."