Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch a codeshare agreement with India's Jet Airways that brings convenient new travel options for customers flying from Europe and the United Statesvia Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to India and beyond.
Effective March 27, 2016 and subject to government approvals, Delta and KLM customers flying from Europe and the United States to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will be able to connect onto Jet Airways' new daily flights to New Delhi and Mumbai, with onward destinations that include Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Goa, Kolkata and Amritsar in India; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Delta and KLM codeshare on these Jet Airways routes will provide customers with co-ordinated customer service, a single ticket and through-check in of bags to their final destinations. Delta SkyMiles and KLM Flying Blue members will be eligible to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on codeshare routes operated by Jet.
In addition, Jet Airways will place its code on flights betweenAmsterdam and 11 destinations in the United States and Canadaoperated by Delta and KLM. These include: New York-JFK, Newark,Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles,Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton. Jet Airways will also codeshare on KLM-operated flights to 30 European destinations beyond Amsterdam including Madrid, Zurich and Milan. KLM's service between Amsterdam and New Delhi also forms part of this agreement.
"Delta is committed to offering customers greater choice and a high standard of service. By partnering with Jet Airways, India'spreferred premier full service, international network airline, we will be able to meet demand for flights to India and beyond," said Nat Pieper, Delta's Senior Vice President – Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We have a track record of building successful partnerships with international carriers that broaden our global network and we are delighted to be opening up the Indian subcontinent to the many thousands of Delta customers wanting to fly to this region."
Pieter Elbers KLM president and CEO: "The co-operation 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 business and provide KLM customers with exclusive travel opportunities. Plus we will strengthen our presence in the Indian domestic region and their neighbourhood."
Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways, said: "Jet Airways' new services to Amsterdam and partnership with KLM and Delta demonstrates our continuous endeavour to provide greater choice and connectivity to our guests. With Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as our new European gateway, we will be able to provide our guests with one stop access to a wider array of destinations acrossEurope and North America together with our partners KLM and Delta. Jet Airways' award winning service on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A330-300 aircraft from Mumbai and Delhi to Amsterdam offers a great proposition for our guests flying to Europe and North America."