It almost feels like an everyday new deal is taking place that has compounded effect for people who are flying. Even though code-share details are very complex and have a lot of attributes to it. Jet Airways has added 1 new partner whereas expanded codeshare agreement with another.
First Partner is Virgin Atlantic (owned by the famous Sir Richard Branson). It is the second largest Airlines from UK after British Airways.
Hit by a laptop ban in the US, on flights originating from West Asian airports, Jet Airways has expanded its codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic for the US-India routes. The aim is to bypass Abu Dhabi, with London’s Heathrow airport as an alternative.
The US government last month banned the use of all electronic items larger than a cell phone on flights from certain destinations. The ban covers laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, gaming devices larger than a smartphone, and travel-size printers and scanners.
The policy covers only non-stop flights to the US from 10 airports in West Asia and North Africa, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, hitting Emirates and Etihad Airlines severely.
Jet Airways, partly owned by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, currently flies to the US via Abu Dhabi. The ban, therefore, impacts its US-bound traffic.
Passengers have already been switching to Air India so that they can continue working on their laptops on 14-17 hour-long flights to the US.
As there is new ban for flights coming to Europe, I am not sure what would happen regarding this. However, I do believe the ban won’t be affecting flight from UK to USA.
From April 19, Jet passengers traveling from India can go via Heathrow to nine US destinations — Atlanta, Boston, Newark, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle — operated by Virgin Atlantic.
The move builds on the existing agreement between Jet and Virgin, in place since 2009, enabling Virgin customers to travel on Jet operated services between Mumbai and London Heathrow in addition to the airline’s own direct Delhi to London service. In 2015, the codeshare was extended to Jet domestic services, allowing Virgin customers to travel between Heathrow and five destinations across India via Delhi or Mumbai.
Another partner is surprisingly low-cost carrier (LCC) Jetstar. I am always surprised when an LCC forms a partnership with full-fare airlines.
JetPrivilege members can now earn JPMiles on the Jet Airways codeshare flights operated by Jetstar Asia. Jet Airways will codeshare with Jetstar Asia between Singapore and other South East Asian countries by placing its airline code (9W) on a Jetstar Asia (3K) operated flight.
Effective Mar 26, 2017, when a JetPrivilege member flies a Jet Airways marketed and Jetstar Asia operated the flight, he/she will also earn Tier Miles / Tier Points that will enable him/her to reach a higher tier faster.
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