American Airlines and India's Kingfisher Airlines Announce Comprehensive Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Relationship
FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines and India's leading carrier Kingfisher Airlines announced today they will enter into a comprehensive codeshare and frequent flyer relationship starting in 2011, subject to regulatory approvals. Kingfisher Airlines is a member-elect of the world's leading quality airline alliance, oneworld®, of which American is a founding member.
The initial phase of the codeshare relationship announced today will allow American to place its AA* code on Kingfisher Airlines extensive domestic network beyond Delhi. American will also codeshare on Kingfisher Airlines flights from London Heathrow to both Delhi and Mumbai. American operates daily nonstop service between Delhi and Chicago O'Hare and Kingfisher Airlines will place its IT* code on those flights as well as on selected American flights between the United States and London Heathrow.
Members of American's AAdvantage® and Kingfisher Airlines King Club frequent flyer programs will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. The two airlines are exploring a more comprehensive frequent flyer agreement that will include the ability to earn and redeem miles across each carrier's network.
"We are very pleased to announce our codeshare partnership with Kingfisher, an airline that offers our customers the choice of flying to more cities throughout India and a more convenient travel experience," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer. "We look forward to strengthening further our partnership as Kingfisher completes the process of joining the oneworld alliance."
"I am delighted that Kingfisher Airlines has entered into a codeshare and frequent flyer relationship with American Airlines. The codeshare on American's flight to Chicago will mark the first time ever that Kingfisher Airlines will place its code on any flight operating into the United States. This, coupled with the frequent flyer relationship, will mean that Kingfisher Airlines guests will be able to benefit from seamless travel on the routes covered by the codeshare," said Manoj Chacko, Executive Vice President Commercial, Kingfisher Airlines Limited.
American is currently celebrating the fifth anniversary of its daily service between Delhi and Chicago O'Hare. This past August, American moved its Delhi operations into the brand new, world-class Terminal Three at Indira Gandhi International Airport where Kingfisher Airlines is also located. This helps to provide seamless connectivity for passengers transferring between the two airlines' flights. Also located in Delhi's Terminal Three is Kingfisher Airlines prestigious new premium lounge which will be available to eligible American Airlines passengers.
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About Kingfisher Airlines
Kingfisher Airlines is India's only Five Star Airline rated by Skytrax and the only one to offer a premium first class service on domestic routes. Besides being the first airline in India to offer in-flight entertainment, Kingfisher offers LIVE TV with 16 channels of live and exciting content. The airline has won an impressive line-up of prestigious international awards from Aviation Experts, Travel and Tourism Writers for innovation and customer responsiveness. Kingfisher Airlines also offers its valued guests the king of all frequent flyer programs King Club. This unique loyalty program offers the fastest way to earn free tickets along with unparalleled rewards and benefits. In September 2008, Kingfisher Airlines launched international services and currently offers services to London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu. Kingfisher Airlines flies to 60 cities in India and eight international destinations and has over 346 daily departures with a fleet of 66 aircraft. Kingfisher Airlines is a part of the UB Group that is one of India's largest conglomerates with diverse interests and a global presence.
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