SINGAPORE - Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, and Jetstar Asia, Singapore-based low-fares carrier, announced a codeshare agreement for flights from Singapore.
Under this agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code '9W' on Jetstar Asia flights operating from Singapore to 11 destinations across in the Asia Pacific region: Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Perth and Darwin in Australia, Jakarta, Denpasar Bali and Surabaya in Indonesia, Ho-Chi-Minh City in Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia and Hong Kong.
With this codeshare, Jet Airways will extend its codeshare foot-print to three brand new destinations: Darwin, Phuket and Penang.
Phuket and Penang are well-known global tourist hotspots, famous for their beaches and food, while Darwin is now an increasing feature in the itineraries of Indian travellers seeking newer leisure destinations. Situated at the northernmost tip of Australia, Darwin is quite literally, the stepping stone into the continent. Named after the famous British evolutionist - Charles Darwin, in addition to its rich iconic past traversing over 150 years, it also offers an ecologically diverse backyard for the nature enthusiast.
The codeshare will allow Jet Airways to offer seamless travel options to its guests from its ever-expanding and convenient bouquet of business and leisure destinations.
Most importantly, the latest codeshare will not only strengthen traffic flows via Singapore, but will also offer guests the advantage of twin/ tri-city itineraries options through Singapore, either via Bangkok or Hong Kong, owing to codeshares on both sectors. This will make a guest's travel experience even more seamless and convenient, since one can now fly from India to Singapore with Jet Airways, and onward to Hong Kong or Bangkok on a codeshared Jetstar Asia flight, returning to India on Jet Airways directly from Hong Kong or Bangkok, all on a single itinerary.
Jayaraj Shanmugam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways, said, "Jetstar Asia flies to some of the most popular leisure and business destinations across the Asia Pacific. With this codeshare agreement, our guests will now be able to conveniently tap into this extensive network to explore new and exotic destinations across Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Australia via Singapore.
Jet Airways' guests from India travelling from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai or Bengaluru to Singapore can seamlessly connect onto Jetstar Asia's network to travel beyond Singapore. This once again reinforces our core network strategy of connectivity, choice, convenience and comfort."
The codeshare will also bring immense value to JetPrivilege members who will be able to accrue JPMiles on the codeshare flights operated by Jetstar Asia. Moreover, the accrued miles will count towards their tier status as well.
For Jetstar Asia, this codeshare allows it to participate in the high growth traffic trends between India and the codeshare markets which have demonstrated a CAGR of over 17 percent over the last 5 years* in the Asia Pacific region.
Francis Loi, Head of Commercial, Jetstar Asia said: "The Jetstar Asia codeshare partnership builds on the expanding base of leading full-service carriers choosing to partner with us.
As the first low-fare codeshare partner for Jet Airways, this partnership is testament of the confidence full-service carriers have in our product and customer service on board our flights."
Jetstar Asia recently listed as one of the world's safest low-fare carriers in 2017, currently flies to 25 cities in Southeast Asia, China and Australia and this codeshare will enhance Jetstar's regional footprint.
Guests of Jet Airways will now have access to the airline's extensive network while enjoying Singapore Changi Airport's world-class transfer facilities.
Jet Airways' guests transiting through Singapore will also enjoy the seamless transfer of baggage being checked and onward boarding passes being received at the initial departure point.
Jet Airways will be the ninth codeshare partner for the Jetstar Group.
Bookings for the codeshare flights open for sale on March 22, for travel commencing March 26th, 2017.
*IATA DDS Traffic for 1-stop traffic flows between India and Bangkok, Darwin, Denpasar Bali, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perth, Phuket & Surabaya