S7 Airlines all set to join oneworld on Monday13 November 2010
S7 Airlines will become part of oneworld® on Monday (15 November) adding Russia's leading domestic carrier to the world's premier global airline alliance.
Senior representatives from all oneworld's established and designate member airlines - led by British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh and oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch - will gather in Moscow then for a formal joining ceremony hosted by S7 Group Chief Executive Vladislav Filev.You can watch S7's oneworld joining ceremony live via a webcast at 11 am Moscow time (8 am GMT) or on demand later. To view it:
- In English, go to http://www.s7.ru/en/S7oneworldjoining.html
- In Russian, go to http://www.s7.ru/ru/S7oneworldjoining.html
About S7 Airlines
S7 is Russia's leading airline in terms of network, domestic passenger carryings, customer service quality and innovation.
It is the first carrier in Russia to convert to an all Western-built Airbus and Boeing fleet and the first to adopt full electronic ticketing and on-line reservations and sales. It holds the internationally recognised IOSA (International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit) certification, renewed in October 2008 and gained by its Globus subsidiary in October 2010.
S7 offers a two-class product to international standards on all departures - Business Class and Economy.
Its fleet, decorated in a distinctive bright green livery, includes 28 Airbus A320 family types, one Airbus A310, two Boeing 767s, four Boeing 737-400s and four Boeing 737-800s, with an average age of nine years.
S7 and Globus carried 5,6 million passengers in 2009, with a bigger share of the domestic Russian air travel market than any other airline. Including its international network, it is Russia's second biggest carrier.
Its main hub Moscow Domodedovo is the capital's most modern airport. Its secondary hubs are Novosibirsk and Irkutsk. Its international destinations include oneworld hubs Madrid and Bangkok.
S7 is one the most progressive airlines in Russia giving passengers new standards of service, supported by the use of latest technology. Tracing its origins back to 1957, it changed its brand name from Sibir Airlines to S7 Airlines five years ago with a radical rebranding to make it stand out from its competitors as customer-friendly, quality, modern carrier - winning the annual national award "People's mark / Brand No 1 in Russia".
Since its election as a oneworld member designate in May 2009, S7 has launched code-sharing with alliance partners Iberia and Royal Jordanian. S7 also code-shares with oneworld member elect airberlin.
The airline generated profits of US$151 million (operating) and US$18 million (net) in 2009 on revenues of US$1.1 billion. S7 employs 2 596 staff and uses SITA as its main IT platform. It is 75 per cent privately owned.
S7's English-language website is www.s7.ru/en/index.html
oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Russia's S7 Airlines will join the alliance on 15 November 2010. airberlin and India's Kingfisher Airlines are both members elect. Between them, these airlines:
- Serve almost 900 airports in nearly 150 countries, with some 9 500 daily departures.
- Offer more than 550 airport lounges for premium customers.
- Carry 340 million passengers a year.
- Operate a combined fleet of almost 2 500 aircraft.
- Generate around US$90 billion annual revenues in total.
oneworld enables its members to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. These include a broader route network, opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and points across the combined oneworld network and more airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares than any of its competitors.
oneworld was named the World's Best Alliance in the 2010 World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Airline Alliance in the 2010 World Travel Awards, retaining that title for the eighth year running.. It is the only winner of this award since it was introduced in 2003.