Jet Airways, airline partially owned by Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways, has operated two transatlantic flights via its mini hub in Brussels.
Now the airline has decided to continue serve Toronto but via Amsterdam and to end its Newark flights altogether. The airline starts codesharing with KLM and Delta for North America flights.
Here’s the press releases from Jet Airways:
Jet Airways to launch daily flights to Amsterdam from Mumbai, Delhi and Toronto
- Amsterdam to be Jet Airways’ new European gateway
- New strategic codeshare partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines will significantly enhance connectivity between India – Europe and North America
- Over Amsterdam, Jet Airways will offer one stop codeshare access between India and 30 destinations across Europe and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada
- Key connecting destinations via Amsterdam include New York JFK, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the United States, Vancouver and Montreal in Canada and Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Munich, Madrid, Geneva and Vienna in Europe
- Guests travelling from over 50 cities in Europe via Amsterdam will connect to the entire Jet Airways network across India, SAARC and the ASEAN region
Mumbai, Dec 14, 2015
Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline has announced the launch of daily non-stop services between India and Amsterdam, its new European gateway which is ideally located for convenient onward connections.
With effect from March 27, 2016, Jet Airways will operate two daily non-stop flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one each from its home hubs in Mumbai and New Delhi. Jet Airways will also operate a daily flight from Toronto to Amsterdam. Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick and convenient connections between India and Toronto over Amsterdam. These flights will be available for sale across all booking channels from December 15, 2015.
Jet Airways will deploy its modern Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 34 seats in Premiere and 259 seats in Economy on these routes.
Amsterdam is one of the great cities of the world and has emerged as a top financial centre and tourism destination in Europe. India’s trade relations with the Netherlands go back over 400 years and have continued to prosper in the modern age. The recent meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and the Netherlands has given a new impetus to this relationship.
Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways, said “We are delighted to announce the launch of new services to Amsterdam. This is a significant step for Jet Airways and demonstrates our continuous endeavour to provide greater choice and better connections for our guests. Jet Airways’ two daily flights from India to Amsterdam will facilitate further growth in business and tourism between India and the Netherlands.”
With the objective of providing convenient connections for its guests to key destinations across Europe and North America over Amsterdam, Jet Airways has entered into a strategic agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
Under this agreement and subject to government and regulatory approvals, Jet Airways will codeshare to 30 European destinations for travel between India and Europe via Amsterdam. Key destinations include Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen, Munich, Madrid, Geneva and Vienna operated by KLM. Jet Airways will also codeshare with KLM and Delta on 11 destinations between India and the United States and Canada including New York JFK, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Montreal.
The codeshare partnership will give Jet Airways guests a single ticket, through check-in of bags to their final destinations and co-ordinated customer service at airports. Members of Jet Airways’ frequent flier programme JetPrivilege will also be eligible to earn and redeem JP Miles on codeshare flights operated by Delta and KLM.
Furthermore, Jet Airways guests from India will also be able to access the greater networks of Delta and KLM on an interline basis with convenient connections to over 70 destinations across North America and Europe. Guests travelling from over 50 European cities will connect to the entire Jet Airways network across India, SAARC and the ASEAN region via Amsterdam. Jet Airways guests from Toronto will have access to 30 select European destinations via Amsterdam.
Cramer Ball added : “With Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as the new European gateway, we will be able to provide our guests with one stop access to a wider array of destinations across Europe and North America together with our partners KLM and Delta.”
“Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s position as one of the largest gateways in Europe with seamless connectivity to sea, rail and road transportation provides greater options for our customers.”
“Jet Airways’ award winning service on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A330-300 aircraft from Mumbai and Delhi offers a great proposition for our guests flying to Europe and North America.”
Pieter Elbers KLM President and CEO said: “The cooperation with Jet Airways is another milestone in our unique global flight network from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This strategic step will deliver significant benefits to our respective businesses and provide KLM customers with exclusive travel opportunities and additional interesting new destinations. We will strengthen our presence in the Indian domestic region and their neighbourhood.”
Nat Pieper, Delta’s Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa said :”Delta is committed to offering customers greater choice and a high standard of service. By working with Jet Airways, India’s preferred premier full service, international network airline, we will be able to meet the demand for flights to and from India and beyond. We have a track record of building successful partnerships with international carriers that broaden our global network and are delighted to be opening up the Indian subcontinent to the many thousands of Delta customers wanting to fly to, from and within this region.”
Jet Airways will continue to operate flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Newark and Toronto to Brussels as per current schedule till March 26, 2016.
Jet Airways is American Airlines AAdvantage partner and those Newark flights have been one option getting to Europe from North America.
It is interesting that Jet Airways now has strategic agreement with KLM and Delta considering that the airline is partially owned (and kept float) by Etihad Airways. Delta’s CEO has been an outspoken opponent of the Gulf Airlines of which Etihad Airways is one.
It is also interesting to see if Jet Airways continues to be partner with American Airlines with this new Delta deal. Wouldn’t be surprised if the airlines becomes SkyMiles partner in due course.