Etihad Airways and partner Jet Airways together will add 28 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and India next year, including three Indian cities not currently served by the carriers. On Feb. 1, Etihad, which currently has 175 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and 11 Indian cities, will double its service between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad to twice daily. Additionally, it will add a fourth daily flight to Kozhikode, in India's southwestern Kerala province, on March 26. Jet Airways, in which Etihad has a minority stake, will add daily service between Abu Dhabi and Tiruchirappalli in southern India on Feb. 1 and to each Kannur and Chandigarh later in the year, depending on when those airports are ready for the flights. On Jan. 15, the carrier also will add a second daily service between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi. All the new services are pending government approval.
With Delta and Virgin
On Nov. 2, Jet Airways will place its code on Delta Air Lines flights between London's Heathrow Airport and nine U.S. destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Delta will put its code on Jet Airways flights between Heathrow and each Mumbai and Delhi and on connections to 20 other Indian destinations from those two cities. Delta and Jet Airways already operate codeshare agreements on flights through Amsterdam and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Next year, Virgin Atlantic will begin codesharing with Jet Airways on its flights between Heathrow and 10 North American cities, including Miami, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., pending government approvals. The carrier currently codeshares on Jet Airways flights between Heathrow and Delhi and connecting to five Indian destinations beyond.
Additionally, Delta and Jet Airways are working toward "networkwide, reciprocal mileage earning and redemption privileges" for members of Delta SkyMiles and Jet Airways' JetPrivilege programs. Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic already are frequent-flyer program partners.