NAIROBI, Kenya, July 16 – Kenya Airways has entered into a code share arrangement and network-wide frequent flyer partnership with Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline.
“The frequent flyer partnership will become effective on July 22, 2010,” said a statement from the two carriers.
Commenting on the partnership Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Nikos Kardassis, said Africa is an important market for them as there was significant demand from their customers to travel to Kenya and beyond.
“We are confident that this partnership will translate into greater air traffic between India and Africa. Significantly, the frequent flyer partnership with Kenyan is a mutually beneficial one, enabling JetPrivilege members to tap into Kenya Airways,” he pointed out.
Jet Airways will place its code on Kenya Airways’ daily services between Mumbai and Nairobi allowing JetPrivilege members to earn Tier Points, Tier JPMiles and Tier Bonus JPMiles for their activities when booked to fly on the 9W code of Jet Airways marketed, Kenya Airways operated codeshare flights.
In addition, the frequent flyer partnership will also allow the programme members of both airlines to earn and redeem miles on the entire network of the other airline.
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Titus Naikuni said the partnership between the two airlines would enable KQ customers to access more destinations to cities in India via Jet Airways.
“Kenya Airways seeks to strengthen its presence in India by offering better connection options to its passengers from Africa, and our association with Jet Airways gives us an opportunity to offer our customers a seamless connection to more destinations in the Indian sub continent,” Mr Naikuni said.
Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 89 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 53 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 14 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft.
With an average fleet age of 4.74 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleet in the world.