Transaero Airlines reports mid-year cargo jump
Freight volumes for Transaero Airlines improved dramatically in the first seven months of 2011. The Russian carrier transported 25,732 tonnes of cargo from January to July, a 35-percent jump from 2010.
The number of tonne-kilometers (TKM) flown by Transaero Airlines also surged in this period. Up 27.5 percent from the first seven months of 2010, TKM totaled 1.74 billion from January to July, company representatives revealed.
Cargo volumes weren’t the only source of improvement for Transaero, however. Passenger volumes also improved in the first seven months of 2011, increasing 25.9 percent to 4.47 million. July, in particular, was especially lucrative for the Russian carrier, with revenue passenger-kilometers totaling 3.4 billion, a 31.8-percent increase from July 2010.
Much of these improvements were driven by Transaero’s recent partnership with Singapore Airlines. Under its new code-share agreement, Transaero customers can utilize Singapore Airlines’ Moscow-to-Singapore and Moscow-to-Houston routes, and Singapore Airlines customers can fly from Transaero’s hub at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport to the Russian cities of Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Samara and St. Petersburg.
In addition to increasing its reach, Transaero also eyed capacity expansion. The carrier signed an MoU in July with Airbus for the acquisition of eight A320neos, making Transaero the Russian launch customer for this aircraft.
Transaero Airlines CEO Olga Pleshakova points to the multiple benefits of this procurement. “It was very important for Transaero Airlines to become the first A320neo customer in Russia, in the [Commonwealth of Independent States] and in Eastern Europe,” she said in a statement. “It is important that this agreement will contribute to further growth of civil aviation in the country.”