New York: Jet Airways, India’s premier airline, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, together announced a new code-share agreement and network-wide reciprocal frequent-flyer partnership effective July 01, 2008, subject to regulatory approval.
With this agreement, Etihad Airways will place its two letter “EY” code on all Jet Airways’ daily flights between Delhi and Mumbai to Abu Dhabi. In turn, Jet Airways will place its ‘9W’ code on the daily services operated by Etihad Airways on the same routes as well as Etihad Airways operated services between Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Abu Dhabi. The new code-share services will be available for sale effective June 16, 2008.
Both airlines have also signed a reciprocal agreement to link their respective frequent-flyer programs. Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege members will be able to earn and redeem miles on Etihad’s flights to 45 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Similarly, those belonging to Etihad’s Guest program will be able to earn and redeem miles on Jet Airways’ 385 flights to 60 destinations in India and worldwide.
Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways, said, “We are proud to join hands with Etihad Airways. The Mumbai/Delhi-Abu Dhabi sectors continue to hold great potential in terms of large passenger volumes. We were looking to enhance our presence on these sectors by means of a code-share alliance with a carrier whose commitment to service and product quality closely mirrors our own. In Etihad, we believe we have found that partner.” James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive, said: “As well as providing air travelers with a greater choice of flights between the UAE capital and these two popular Indian cities, this new code-share agreement will also provide customers of both our airlines with greater access to each other’s expanding global networks.” This partnership will deliver several benefits to passengers such as a multiple choice of flights, excellent onward connections, frequent-flyer benefits, seamless transfer with through check-in and Interline e-ticketing.
About Jet Airways: Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 84 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 9 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 54 classic and next generation Boeing 737-400/700/800/900 aircraft and 11 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 4.30 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Jet Airways operates over 385 flights daily. Flights to 60 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including New York (both JFK and Newark) Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha and Abu Dhabi. The airline plans to extend its international operations to other cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia in phases with the introduction of additional wide-body aircraft into its fleet.
About Etihad Airways: Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates based in the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Currently Etihad offers flights to 45 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The airline currently has a fleet of 37 aircraft which will increase to 40 by the end of the year.