02 Jun 2014 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a major expansion of its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways, offering travellers enhanced connections throughout India, and linking India with even more destinations worldwide.
The two airlines have obtained
regulatory approval to codeshare on 43 additional routes, bringing the total
number of services in their codeshare agreement to 71.
As part of the expansion,
Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY’ code on domestic services in India for the
first time, with the codeshare agreement now including 31 Jet Airways routes
from hubs in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore to regional centres in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow,
Mangalore, Patna, Trivandrum and Vadodara.
The codeshare agreement
has also been updated to incorporate Jet Airways’ international connections
from Mumbai and Delhi to the Asian tourism and economic hubs of Singapore, Hong
Kong and Bangkok, together with services linking Chennai to Abu Dhabi and
Furthermore, Jet Airways
has strengthened its offering to the US and Europe by codesharing on additional
Etihad Airways routes between Abu Dhabi and Chicago, New York, Dublin and
James Hogan, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “As one of the world’s fastest-growing
travel markets, India has become increasingly important to Etihad Airways. Our
current network of Indian destinations, consisting of Ahmedabad, Bangalore,
Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum,
is further supported by the relationship we have developed with our equity
alliance partner Jet Airways.
“This codeshare expansion
is a milestone development for both airlines. In addition to placing our ‘EY’
code on domestic flights within India for the first time, the agreement now
covers all six of Jet Airways’ services to Abu Dhabi. This has multiple
benefits for travellers, such as expanded network reach, more frequent
services, and increased convenience. Jet Airways’ guests also benefit from
seamless connections to more destinations globally, with the airline’s ‘9W’
code placed on almost 20 per cent more Etihad Airways routes than previously
The new codeshare routes
are now available for sale and enable members of the integrated Etihad Guest
and JetPrivilege frequent flyer programs to earn and redeem miles, while also
benefiting from reciprocal tier level recognition across the global networks of
Prior to this expansion, Etihad
Airways codeshared on seven routes operated by Jet Airways, with the agreement
covering flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Bangalore and
Hyderabad, together with connections from Brussels to Newark and Toronto.
In addition, Jet Airways codeshared on 21 Etihad
Airways routes to India (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi,
Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum), Europe (Amsterdam, Brussels,
Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Manchester, Munich and Paris), the U.S. (Washington
DC), Australia (Brisbane), and Africa (Johannesburg and Nairobi).