India’s largest private carrier Jet Airways has expanded its code-share partnership with Etihad Airways which holds a 24 percent stake in the former.
The agreement will allow Jet passengers from India to connect on to flights on the Etihad network via Abu Dhabi to European destinations including, Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Manchester, Milan, Munich, and Paris, to north American destinations such as Chicago, New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles. Other destinations include Johannesburg and Nairobi in Africa, and Brisbane in Australia via Singapore.
Jet Airways will places its flight code 9W on flights operated by Etihad Airways, between Abu Dhabi and India destinations Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kochi and Trivandrum. Etihad Airways places its code EY on Jet operated flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. This increases the frequency and capacity for both the airline between Abu Dhabi and India. The code-share also enables Etihad passengers to access Jet’s services to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, though it is difficult to understand why any passenger would choose a transit stop in India when Etihad already operates direct flights to these destinations from Abu Dhabi.
Frequent flyer members of Jet Privilege and Etihad Guest can earn and redeem miles across the global networks of both airlines. Elite level members of both programs will enjoy the same extended reciprocal benefits like baggage, lounge access, priority boarding etc., when travelling on flights operated by both carriers.
Add Los Angelos to the Etihad North American destinations as of June 1. No surprises here, Etihad is on its way to expand its share of the Indian International market share by attracting NRIs in the USA and Canada traffic.
Next thing to consider for the Middle east airlines is to buy a private island near Ireland like Inishnabro, build an airport and grab some Europe to USA traffic.
Well you are not very far off. Etihad has an equity stake in Aer Lingus and soon Alitalia and Emirates already operating Milan to JFK.
I was a bit disappointed with the Italian court verdict against Emirates though they might continue to run with arrangement, Delta and other going back to protectionist ways. Ireland has very good business environment so far. But Europe to USA service is very poor with an exception of Turkish airways. BA running some 20+ years old jumbos to USA with limited hour Europe airport operations.