Monday, November 29, 1999

Jet Airways enters into code share with United Airlines

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New Delhi, June 17 (PTI) Private carrier Jet Airways would now be able to provide connectivity to 38 US cities from India as it entered into a new code share agreement with America''s United Airlines. "The new code share agreement between Jet Airways and United Airlines has opened for sale today for those travelling from June 30 to 38 destinations in the US from India and also through trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific routes," a Jet spokesperson said. United is one of the largest global carriers. The agreement would allow the travellers to fly United Airlines'' trans-Atlantic flights from London to Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Washington and trans- Pacific flights from Hong Kong to Chicago and San Francisco. In turn, United''s flyers would be getting seamless connectivity to Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad and Kolkata through Jet''s hub at Mumbai, the spokesperson said. As per the agreement, Jet would place its code (9W) on United''s trans-Atlantic flights operating between London and its five US hub cities -- Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington. It would also cover on United''s daily trans-Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Chicago and San Francisco. Similarly, United would be able to use its code (UA) on Jet''s daily flights between London and Mumbai as well as between Hong Kong and Delhi and between Hong Kong and Mumbai. Apart from this, the American carrier can use its code on Jet''s domestic flights to five major cities in India - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad and Kolkata via Mumbai. "With this partnership, Jet would offer its guests connectivity and seamless travel from India through to Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington in the US, and onwards to almost 40 cities in North America," said Nikos Kardasis, Chief Executive Officer of Jet Airways. He said that the partnership would help Jet Airways to enhance its connectivity and reach in the American market. The Indian carrier and its low-cost subsidiary JetLite have achieved the best On Time Performance of 88.9 and 89.9 per cent respectively last month. "Establishing our code share flights with Jet Airways provides more destinations and more convenience for our customers. We are pleased to bring our customers closer to destinations throughout India," said Mark Schwab, United''s senior vice president of Alliances, International and Regulatory Affairs. Jet Airways currently flies to 43 domestic destinations and through it hub at Mumbai and Delhi onto 23 international destinations spanning North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Gulf. United Airlines operates approximately 3,300 flights a day to more than 230 US domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington.

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