Air India aims to partner Jet Airways on foreign routes

Written by Shaheen Mansuri | MG Arun | Mumbai, Aug 12 | Updated: Aug 13 2007, 06:14am hrs
To improve the quality of service and pare costs on the highly competitive international routes, public sector carrier Air India and Indias largest private airline Jet Airways are considering working together in areas ranging from infrastructure to staff training. The two are looking at getting more business on the lucrative India-US routes, now dominated by airlines from Europe, the Gulf and Southeast Asia with more than 80% market share.

Air India launched its much-touted non-stop New Delhi- Newark (US) flights from August 1. Jet Airways followed suit a few days later.

Says Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, Jet Airways, For me, the main competitors are the foreign airlines, not Air India . Also, why should an airline build everything on its own when it can share resources with another

V Thulasidas, chairman and MD, Air India , told FE, We will throw open our engineering services to other domestic and international airlines which will be offered at competitive rates compared with other countries.For this, some airlines are already in touch with us.