Jul 19, 2013

New Air route between Europe & India by Jet Airways

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, has entered into code share agreements with premium European carriers Air France and KLM, open for sales as of today, for travel effective June 19, 2013.

The code share agreement enables Air France to place its marketing code (AF) on Jet Airways’ domestic flights to three major Indian cities beyond Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Customers travelling from Europe to India on Air France flights will now be able to connect seamlessly with one ticket to Chennai via Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai, and to Kolkata, Hyderabad via Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Likewise, KLM will place its marketing code (KL) on Jet Airways’ domestic flights to four major cities in India beyond Delhi, allowing guests travelling from Europe to India to connect seamlessly to Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai via Delhi.

Furthermore, members of Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege and Air France- KLM’s Flying Blue frequent flyer programs have a full fledged network-wide accrual and redemption partnership in place for many years. With the code share in place, members will now have the opportunity to earn status miles/points when travelling on the respective code share flights.

Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways said, “We are delighted with this enhancement in our relationship with both Air France and KLM, as we share a long standing interline and frequent flyer partnership with these carriers. The code share arrangements will allow our guests the convenience of enhanced connectivity from across Air France and KLM’s networks via their European gateways in Paris and Amsterdam to key destinations throughout India."

Dominique Patry, Air France’s Vice-President, International Affairs and Alliances, said:  “This new partnership between Air France-KLM and Jet Airways illustrates our Group’s strategic positioning that continuously strengthens our offer between Europe and the rest of the world by developing our network ourselves or, like today, with first class partners as Jet Airways. With the code-sharing agreement with Jet Airways, we are strengthening our presence in a key market.”

Pieter Elbers, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer KLM, stated: “KLM is very pleased with this important step in expanding the cooperation between Jet Airways and KLM. Being able to serve our customers an expanded network in India with four important domestic code share destinations is considered of key strategic value to our company”.

Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 111 aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.35 years, the airline has one of the youngest fleet of aircraft in the world.

Air France- KLM offers 27 weekly long-haul flights between Europe and India.
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