ETW Staff– Mumbai
Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, and Air France, the flag carrier of France have announced the expansion of their codeshare partnership, which will offer guests enhanced network connectivity to 12 major cities across Europe and the United Kingdom. The new code share flights open for sale from April 2, 2014 and will be available for travel effective May 14, 2014.
Currently Air France places its marketing code on Jet Airways’ domestic routes between Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru to Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. With the commencement of Jet Airways’ Mumbai-Paris operations on May 14, 2014, Jet Airways will now be placing its marketing code on Air France operated flights beyond Paris, providing seamless connections across domestic France, Europe and the United Kingdom. With this expansion in the code share arrangement, Jet Airways’ guests will be able to fly between India and Paris in France and beyond to various points across India and Europe on flights operated by both carriers.
The code share destination beyond Paris where Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Air France operated flights are; Nice, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse in France; Barcelona and Madrid in Spain; Hamburg in Germany; Prague in the Czech Republic; Dublin in Ireland and Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle in United Kingdom
Gaurang Shetty, senior vice president – commercial, Jet Airways, said, “We are pleased to have the expanded code share partnership with Air France as it will further strengthen the global network of both airlines and provide increased benefits to all our guests. Our code share agreement with Air France is another distinctive travel solution. India and Europe share strong ties, ranging from leisure and business tourism to commercial trade. With this expanded code share agreement, we will be able to offer our guests wider access, unmatched connectivity and seamless travel to key markets across Europe, with France’s premium airline.”
Tjalling Smit, senior vice president, Middle East, Gulf and India – Air France-KLM, said, “Air France is pleased to further intensify its cooperation with Jet Airways. As a first step of the cooperation in summer 2013, Jet Airways offered Air France new domestic destinations in India via code share. Through the code share expansion on Air France flights, Jet Airways is now granted access to European cities they currently do not serve. I am fully confident that this extension, based on the complementarities of our respective networks, will be successful in the fast growing market between India and Europe.”