Posted on: 30 November 2017 by Mark Thomas
An enhanced co-operation deal has been signed between Air France-KLM and Jet Airways for continued development of their operations between Europe and India, expanding the partnership between the three airlines existing since 2014.
It was first extended last year with an extensive code-share agreement for connections between Europe and North America, and Jet’s hubs at Mumbai and Delhi, India via Air France-KLM’s hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Jean-Marc Janaillac, chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, said the co-operation agreement was the first of its kind on the India–Europe market, which he described as “one of the markets at the heart of the group’s strategy for the coming years.” India’s passenger traffic is growing at more than 20% per year.
Connections will be offered between two partnerships for the first time: the enhanced agreement for India-Europe with Jet, and the Air France-KLM Europe-North America joint venture.
Jet Airways (of which Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways PJSC owns 24%), Air France, KLM, and Delta Air Lines will connect India to a transatlantic network via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs. More than 1.2 million passengers are carried between India and Europe by the Air France-KLM Group and its Indian partner, half of whom travel onwards to North America.
The enhanced co-operation agreement will see Jet Airways, Air France, and KLM cover 44 cities in India and 106 destinations in Europe. The recent launches of Amsterdam-Mumbai by KLM and Bengaluru-Amsterdam and Chennai-Paris by Jet Airways are the first examples of this enhanced offering. The Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines partnership offers access to over 200 destinations in North America.