Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Air India, Turkish Airlines Sign Free Sale Codeshare Agreement

India’s national carrier Air India has come up with a new code share agreement with Turkish Airlines.

The two airlines signed a Free Sale Codeshare Agreement after their earlier blocked space code share agreement. The new agreement allows both carriers to market each other’s flights by their own code and flight numbers on a free sale basis.

The new pact, which has been in operation from March 1, 2012, permits Turkish Airlines’ customers who are looking to book flights to India to enjoy the convenience of seamless connection on Air India operated routes to Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Amritsar.

With a new agreement in place, travellers can hope to get best of both carriers. However, for travellers with ‘not so deep pockets’ who are hoping to land a seat on cheap flights to India, it remains to be seen whether this code share works any wonder for them.

Mr. Adnan Aykac, General Manager, Northern and Eastern India, Turkish Airlines was delighted with the development and expressed his willingness to work with Air India in future to create more travel options for the customers. Mr. Adnan Aykac also made it clear that the airline “plans to further expand and strengthen our presence in this region.”

At present, Turkish Airlines operates 14 weekly flights to Istanbul from Delhi and Mumbai. And if reports are to be believed then Turkish Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, is planning to launch more flights to India’s major markets.


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