Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways plans to operate flight services to south pacific nation Fiji and Chinese city of Shanghai and is likely to tie up with Fiji Airways and China Eastern Airlines as it seeks to expand its global network further with direct flights and forging partnership with overseas carriers. At present Jet Airways, in which Gulf airline Etihad holds 24 per cent stake, has codeshare pacts with 19 international airlines besides having over 100 interline partners.
Codesharing allows an airline to book on its passenger on its partner carriers and provide seamless transport to destination where it has no presence whereas an interline arrangement refers to a pact to issue and accept tickets for flights that are operated by the partner airline. When selling an interline ticket, the operating airline’s own flight numbers are used.
“Jet Airways is in the process of providing direct air connectivity to Fiji and Shanghai. It has filed codeshare schedule with Fiji Airway launching services on Hong Kong – Nadi route. It has also filed codeshare schedule with China Eastern Airlines for operating flight services to Shanghai’s Pu Dong international airport from New Delhi,” a source said.
When contacted Jet Airways said it was constantly evaluating opportunities to provide enhanced connectivity to its passengers.
“As a network carrier with international operations, Jet Airways is constantly evaluating opportunities to offer greater connectivity and benefits to its guests,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement to PTI.
Fiji airways, the flag carrier of Fiji is based in Nadi and operates international and domestic services to 10 countries including Oceania, the US, and Hong Kong and 17 cities.
China Eatsern Airlines, which has three subsidiaries as well including a cargo carrier and is a member of the global airlines grouping SkyyTeam, operates to 217 destinations.
The Mumbai-based full service carrier, which reported nearly flat profit at Rs 85 crore (at the group level) for the September quarter of the current fiscal, logged a 15 per cent growth in the its overall codeshare traffic during the period.
“Overall traffic from codeshare partners increased by 15 per cent to 117 million passengers in Q2 FY17 as compared to 1.02 million passengers in the September quarter of the last fiscal,” Jet had said while announcing its Q2FY17 earnings.