Jet Airways forms code share deal with Emirates Airline

Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 8:20 by Aviation Correspondent

Jet Airways has initiated a partnership which includes a unilateral code share agreement and a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement with Dubai based Emirates Airline.

As per the agreement, Emirates will unilaterally code share on Jet Airways’ daily flights from Mumbai and New Delhi to Dubai. This is expected to provide travellers with better connectivity and an expanded range of services between India and Dubai.

Emirates’ customers will have the option to travel on its four daily flights, as well as on Jet Airways’ daily service between Mumbai and Dubai. Similarly, on the New Delhi-Dubai sector, Emirates will offer its customers the choice of 25 flights per week on its aircraft and an additional seven flights per week on Jet Airways. Jet Airways’ flights on these sectors will be identified with its ‘9W’ code as well as with the Emirates ‘EK’ code, sources said.

It has been pointed out that a Jet Airways flight, operated by an Airbus A330 aircraft offering 30 Business and 190 Economy Class seats, will depart Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 6:45 pm daily and touch down at Dubai International Airport same day at 8:30 pm. The return flight will depart Dubai at 10 pm and arrive in Mumbai at 2:20 am the following day.

It is expected that corporate travellers will benefit as they can conclude their business in India’s bustling hubs such as Mumbai and New Delhi, and arrive back in Dubai by the late evening flight. Similarly, India’s outbound travellers travelling to destinations beyond Dubai can take advantage of smoother connections to Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

The two airlines have also launched a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement that allows members of Emirates’ Skywards programme to earn and redeem miles on Jet Airways flights operating within India. Members of Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege programme will be able to earn and redeem miles across Emirates’ rapidly-expanding international network, with the exception of flights between India and Dubai.