The partnership will allow customers of Air India of “Enjoy seamless connections from New York JFK, Newark-New Jersey, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco and Vancouver gateways to and from 32 destinations in the United States, Mexico and Canada on the Alaska Airlines network”according to a press release.
An interline agreement refers to an agreement to issue and accept tickets for flights operated by the partner airline. When selling a interline plane ticket, the flight numbers of the operating airlines are used. The statement said the scope of the partnership includes bilateral interlining which allows both airlines to sell air tickets on their respective networks. “The two airlines have also entered into a special pro-rata agreement, which allows Air India to file “direct fares” on routes covering the Alaska Airlines network.” This arrangement means that a passenger can benefit from a single fare for a single ticket covering all destinations on an itinerary.
Air India Chief Commercial and Transformation Officer Nipun Aggarwal said the tie-up with Alaska Air would expand Air India’s international presence in the US and Canada. “This will even extend our reach to Mexico, thereby strengthening our network expansion plans. This will help us provide more choice to our customers and mark an important milestone in our mission to improve connectivity”he added.
Air India, owned by the Tata group, is expanding its presence on domestic and international networks.