British Airways Announce Codeshare with Kingfisher Airlines

British Airways have announced a new codeshare
with India’s Kingfisher Airlines, the codeshare will come into place from 15 September
2010 and comes after Kingfisher accepted an invitation to join the oneworld
airline alliance earlier in the year.

 

The full media release from British Airways can be read below:

 

 

New Codeshare With Kingfisher Airlines

Posted on
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

British
Airways and Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines are to start codesharing on each
other’s flights across India, Sri Lanka, the UK and continental Europe from
September 15, 2010. This follows Kingfisher Airlines acceptance of an
invitation to join the oneworld alliance earlier this year.

 

This is the
first time that British Airways has codeshared with an Indian airline. British
Airways’ code will be placed on 11 domestic Indian routes and one route to Sri
Lanka operated by Kingfisher Airlines while Kingfisher Airlines’ code will be
placed on nine British Airways’ routes from Heathrow to the UK regions and
continental Europe. The airlines’ customers will be able to book their whole
journey on each other’s websites, earn frequent flyer points on the codeshare
routes and gain access to each other’s airport lounges.

 

British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: “Last year
we proudly celebrated 80 years of flying to India and it remains one of our
most important longhaul destinations. The codeshare with Kingfisher Airlines
will give our customers easier access to Indian domestic routes and Sri Lanka
flying on a young, dynamic, high quality airline. Our relationship with
Kingfisher Airlines is further enhanced by their decision join oneworld
and we look forward to building a strong working relationship with them”.

 

Kingfisher Airlines chairman and chief executive,
Dr Vijay Mallya, said:
“I am delighted that British Airways has entered
into a codeshare arrangement with Kingfisher Airlines practically within months
of the announcement that Kingfisher Airlines is lining up to join oneworld.
It is therefore only appropriate that the first codeshare arrangement is with
British Airways who is also our oneworld sponsor. The codeshare with
British Airways will mean that our guests from India will now be able to fly
seamlessly to nine new European cities. Besides making onward connections much
simpler, this will mean enhanced connectivity and reach for guests travelling
with us to Europe. Similarly, all British Airways’ flyers will now be able to
travel with India’s first and only five star airline”.

 

British
Airways flies from Heathrow to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Its code will be placed on Kingfisher Airlines flights from Bangalore to
Chennai, Coimbatore and Kochi; Chennai to Coimbatore and Colombo (Sri Lanka).
Delhi to Bangalore and Kolkata; Mumbai to Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad
and Kolkata.

 

Kingfisher
Airlines flies from Delhi and Mumbai to Heathrow. Its code will be placed on
British Airways flights from Heathrow to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Manchester, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Lisbon and Paris. 

 

British
Airways is supporting Kingfisher through its alliance implementation process as
its oneworld sponsor.

 

The
codeshare flights will be available for sale from September 7, 2010. 

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