and British Airways
have initiated codesharing on each other’s flights across India, Sri Lanka, the UK and continental Europe September 15, 2010 onwards. Earlier this year, Kingfisher Airlines accepted the invitation to join oneworld alliance and thus these two airlines came together. This association makes history as for the first time British Airways has codeshared with an Indian airline
Nine British Airways’ routes from Heathrow to the UK regions and continental Europe will embrace the code of Kingfisher Airlines. British Airways’ code will be placed on 11 domestic Indian routes and one route to Sri Lanka operated by Kingfisher Airlines.
Travellers will reap in the benefits of being able to book their trip on either of the websites, earn frequent flyer points on the codeshare routes and gain access to each other’s airport lounges.
Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and CEO, Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. 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 chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: “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.”
The end of 2011 will see Kingfisher Airlines flying as part of oneworld.