Transaero to fly Cebu

Announced daily flight starting November!

January 3, 2009

Moscow- Transaero Airlines has announced over the weekend that they will be introducing daily flights to Cebu, in the Philippines starting on the second week of November 2010. Flights will be flying out from Moscow Domodedovo airport.

The route will be service daily by a Boeing 747-400 direct to the Philippine island of Cebu, the airline statement said. Transaero has been flying chartered flights to the Philippines since 2006 ferrying Russian tourist destined for holiday resorts in Bohol, Aklan and Cebu, the airline said.

The Moscow-based airline has recently been granted the rights to fly regular service to the Philippines by Russia's Transport Ministry after the government amended its Air Services Agreement with the Philippines in December 1 last year granting three entry/exit points between the two countries in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Vladivostok in Russia for destinations in Manila, Cebu and Clark in the Philippines.

Russia's Civil Aviation Ministry Ministerstvo Grazhdahnskoy Aviahtsii, said that Transaero is the second biggest international airline in Russia and the third largest in terms of passengers carried, next to Aeroflot and Siberian Airlines (S7) having carried close to 4.85 million passengers, which is an increase of 50% on the previous year. Aeroflot carried 9.3 million passengers while S7 transported 5.9 million in 2008.

Transaero transported more international passengers where it carried 4.23 million ranking it second behind Aeroflo as compared to its domestic operation where it transported just 626,000 passengers in 2008 ranking it 10th among Russian domestic airlines.

The airline operates a modern fleet of 55 planes with 15 more on orders, mostly comprising aircraft built outside Russia and the CIS such as Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 sub-types.

Aeroflot, which owned the right to fly the Philippines capital, is mulling a code-share deal with Philippine Airlines as its code-share partner in a bid to re-introduce the Moscow-Manila run this year , while Vladivostok Air, Russia's largest far east-based airline aims to establish regular flights between Vladivostok and Manila. Currently, the airline flies charter flights to Manila and Cebu.

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