Against the backdrop of rising jet fuel prices threatening the existence of the global aviation industry, India's largest private sector airline Jet Airways is exploring alliances with United Arab Emirate’s (UAE)’s national carrier Etihad Airways to leverage value and synergy between the two carriers.
On Tuesday both airlines entered a code-sharing agreement, thereby giving their passengers a better deal and to improve bottom lines. They announced a network-wide reciprocal frequent flyer partnership effective July 1, 2008, subject to regulatory approval.
The code share will provide passengers greater access to the ever-expanding global networks of Jet and Etihad. This partnership will deliver several benefits to passengers such as multiple choice of flights, convenient onward connections, frequent flyer benefits and seamless transfer with through check-in and interline e-ticketing.
Code sharing is a practice where a flight operated by an airline is jointly marketed as a flight for one or more other airlines. The term ‘code’ refers to the identifier used in flight schedule (which is 9w for Jet and ET for Etihad), generally the 2-character airline designator code and flight number. Under a code sharing agreement participating airlines can present a common flight number or sell tickets on another’s flights with tickets bearing its own code.