American Airlines and Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines have agreed to enter into a comprehensive codeshare and frequent-flyer relationship starting in 2011, subject to regulatory approvals.
Kingfisher Airlines is a member-elect of the oneworld airline alliance, of which American Airlines is a founding member.
The initial phase of the codeshare relationship will allow American to place its ‘AA’ flight code on Kingfisher Airlines’ Indian domestic network beyond Delhi. American will also codeshare on Kingfisher Airlines’ flights from London Heathrow Airport to both Delhi and Mumbai.
American operates daily nonstop service between Delhi and Chicago O’Hare and Kingfisher Airlines will place its ‘IT’ flight prefix on those flights as well as on selected American flights between the United States and London Heathrow.
Members of American’s AAdvantage and Kingfisher Airlines’ King Club frequent-flyer programs will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. The two airlines say they are are exploring a more comprehensive frequent-flyer agreement that will include the ability to earn and redeem miles across each carrier’s network.
“The codeshare on American’s flight to Chicago will mark the first time ever that Kingfisher Airlines will place its code on any flight operating into the United States. This, coupled with the frequent flyer relationship, will mean that Kingfisher Airlines guests will be able to benefit from seamless travel on the routes covered by the codeshare,” says Manoj Chacko, executive vice president – commercial for Kingfisher Airlines.
American is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its daily service between Delhi and Chicago O’Hare. In August, American moved its Delhi operations into the new Terminal Three at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, where Kingfisher Airlines is also located. This helps to provide seamless connectivity for passengers transferring between the two airlines’ flights.
Also located in Delhi’s Terminal Three is Kingfisher Airlines’new premium lounge, which will be available to eligible American Airlines passengers.
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