S7 confirms November Oneworld inauguration

24 Sep 2010 by BusinessTraveller

Russian carrier S7 will officially join Oneworld on November 15, adding 55 destinations in the region to the alliance’s network.

From this date members of the airlines Priority frequent flyer scheme will be able to earn and redeem miles on all Oneworld partner carriers. Previously known as Siberia Airlines before being rebranded as S7 in 2005, the carrier’s main hub is at Moscow Domededovo, with secondary hubs at Novosibirsk and Irkutsk. The carrier has been sponsored by BA during its 18-month implementation project.

S7 serves a total of 90 destinations in 28 countries, including 45 routes within Russia, which provide onward domestic connections for the seven Oneworld carriers that serve either Moscow, St Petersburg or Ekaterinburg (these being British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian).

S7 will also add nine countries to the Oneworld network - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Rival Russian carrier Aeroflot is a member of the Skyteam alliance.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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