Putin’s Billionaire Ally Buys Half Of Tele2 Russia Operator

Transaero says it hopes the agreement will help funnel passengers to its New Post to Facebook JetBlue partners with Russia’s Transaero on Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs JetBlue partners with Russia’s Transaero Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY 10:34 a.m. EDT October 17, 2013 Transaero aircraft are seen in an image provided by Transaero Airlines. (Photo: Transaero Airlines) SHARE 1 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON Russian carrier Transaero says it has signed an interline deal with JetBlue that will begin by the end of the month. Transaero hopes the agreement will bolster demand for its New York-Moscow route by expanding passengers’ connecting options on either end of the flight. “This is our newest and largest partner in the United States,” Transaero CEO Olga Pleshakova told Today in the Sky on Wednesday about the tie-up with JetBlue. ARCHIVES: Virgin America partners with Russia’s Transaero “Our partnership with JetBlue would be very effective and we hope very fruitful for us,” says Pleshakova, speaking to Today in the Sky through a translator. Interline agreements allow airlines to accommodate passengers and their luggage via a single itinerary that involves flights on both of the interline partners. For example, Transaero passengers flying from Russia to New York will then be able to connect on JetBlue to that carrier’s destinations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Conversely, Pleshakova says the pact will allow JetBlue customers to purchase tickets connecting in New York to Transaero flights to Moscow and across “the entire Transaero network worldwide.” The move adds yet another carrier to JetBlue’s growing stable of interline partners . The New York-based carrier now has more than two dozen interline deals, including partners ranging from Cathay Pacific and South African Airways to Cape Air and Liat. As for Transaero, it flies to three destinations in the U.S.

Kovalchuk managed to agree with VTB and may become a beneficiary of Russias new nationwide operator, Anna Lepetukhina , an analyst at Sberbank CIB in Moscow, said by phone. Tele2 Russia is a good asset which has great potential if combined with Rostelecoms mobile business. Russian Growth Tele2 Russia and Rostelecoms mobile unit together would have about 37 million customers, trailing the 57 million to 72 million users at the larger rivals, according to AC&M Consulting. In contrast to Western Europe, the Russian wireless market is expanding as more consumers browse the Web and watch video on smartphones and tablets. Russias total mobile revenue climbed 9 percent to 837.4 billion rubles ($26.1 billion) last year, according to AC&M Consulting. Data revenue surged 33 percent to account for 100.7 billion rubles of that amount. in Moscow. MegaFon, the No. 2, dropped 0.7 percent to $36.75 in London. VTB declined 1.1 percent to $2.70. Kovalchuks Partners The Tele2 Russia purchase marks an expansion into a new area for Kovalchuk, who owns CTC Media (CTCM) in Russia with Tele2 AB founder Cristina Stenbeck and her family. He is the main shareholder of St. Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya, which owns stakes in National Media Group and insurance company Sogaz and has an indirect interest in Gazprombank.