Virgin Atlantic has expanded its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways, increasing the options for growing traffic on India-UK route. With this deal, the airline is offering new options to four Indian cities.
On August 15, Virgin Atlantic twittered, “Get more out of India! Our Jet Airways codeshare opens up new destinations beyond Delhi”!
Virgin Atlantic has expanded codeshare deal with Jet Airways. With this deal, it will be offering new travel options to four Indian cities. Virgin Atlantic customers will be able to purchase tickets from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata, connecting between Virgin Atlantic’s Delhi-London Heathrow service and Indian domestic codeshare flights operated by Jet Airways. The extended agreement will offer customers the convenience of having all of their boarding passes issued at the originating airport, whether their travel originates in India or the UK. Nick Parker, head of India and Middle East at Virgin Atlantic says, “It is really important to us to be able to offer our customers convenient one-stop options to get to where they want to fly. As part of our commitment to the Indian market we already operate a successful codeshare with Jet Airways between Mumbai and London and we are delighted that our partnership is allowing us to open up other popular destinations in India for our customers.”
Raj Sivakumar, chief commercial officer, Jet Airways, says, “We are indeed pleased to offer enhanced and seamless connectivity to Virgin Atlantic guests by offering seamless travel through this expanded codeshare arrangement, providing our guests more options in the growing India-UK route.”
At the end of 2014, Virgin announced plans to grow to record profit levels by 2018. The airline plans on building onto its existing two-year recovery plan, which is on target to deliver an annual profit by the end of this year. Now to position its business for long-term success, Virgin Atlantic will be upgrading its network by cutting routes, as well as launching new ones, or launching additional flights to certain profitable routes.
Additionally, in July, Virgin Atlantic celebrated 15 years of delighting customers from Delhi to London and beyond! Bringing desperately needed competition to the route, since its launch on July 5, 2000, the airline has now flown over 1.8 million passengers and 100,000 tonnes of cargo. Recently the airline became the first European carrier to fly the brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Delhi-London route with the latest cabin enhancements and innovations including the Wander Wall, a new social space in Premium Economy and Wi-Fi connectivity onboard. Nick Parker says, “The Delhi route is hugely popular among Indian customers who love the unique, personalised experience as we connect them to London and 219 destinations in the US including New York. We continue to put the customer at the heart of everything we do. Building on an 11 pc improvement in customer satisfaction ratings, we will be further investing in customer experience over the next three years as we continue to innovate ways to improve customers’ journeys more exciting and magical.”
Virgin Atlantic operates a daily service between Delhi and London Heathrow on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline currently has six Boeing 787-9s in its fleet and is expecting 11 more by the end of 2018.