THE codeshare agreement between Jet Airways and Air France-KLM came into effect yesterday.
Under the agreement, Air France has placed its AF code on Jet’s domestic flights from Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai to Chennai, from Kolkata and Hyderabad to both Mumbai and Bengaluru; KLM offers KL-coded flights from New Delhi to Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Furthermore, members of Jet Airways and Air France-KLM’s frequent flier programmes will be able to accumulate miles on each other’s flights.
Air France-KLM currently operates 27 flights every week between Europe and India.
Sudheer Raghavan, chief commercial officer, Jet Airways, said: “We are very happy with the addition of our relationship with Air France and KLM. The codeshare agreements will allow our guests enhanced connectivity to the global networks of Air France and KLM. The European gateways will benefit our guests flying to key destinations across India.”
Seema Ahmed, general manager, Kolkata-based Gainwell Travel & Leisure, said the codeshare between Jet Airways and the two European carriers would offer customers “good value” for longhaul flights as well as better value in terms of fares and convenient connections to Europe and North America.
The codeshare agreement comes on the heels of Etihad Airways’ purchase of 24 per cent in Jet Airways (TTG Asia e-Daily, December 4, 2012), as Jet looks to establish hubs in Abu Dhabi, Paris and Amsterdam to carve a slice of international skies for itself.