Air India & Asiana Airways to Enter Into Code Share Agreement
April 29, 2012
Air India, India’s national carrier and Asiana Airways, one of South Korea’s major airlines had recently entered into an agreement to implement a CODE SHARE AGREEMENT between the two carriers.
As per the agreement, which would be finalized for implementation at the earliest, both Air India and Asiana Airways would code share on the flights operated by each other on the India / Seoul and vice versa sectors, on a Free Flow Basis. The required testing system for such code share co-operation would begin at an early date.
As part of the Code Share Agreement, Asiana Airways has shown interest in exploring opportunities to a few destinations in India, subject to approval from the regulatory authorities. Air India, has proposed to expand the Code Share Agreement to freely include additional sectors on each other’s network, based on connectivity and necessary regulatory authorities approvals. The carriers are also preparing for the implementation of Frequent Flyer Programme for mutual benefit.
This Code Share Agreement would benefit Air India passengers to fly between India and Seoul even on flights operated with Asiana Airways, which would also have an Air India flight number.
Air India is also in the process of entering into similar Code Share Agreements with Air China and Egypt Air, in the near future.
Air India, presently, has Code Share Agreements with 12 different carriers which include Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Air Mauritius, Austrian Airlines, South African Airways, Aeroflot, Sri Lankan Airlines, Swiss, Ethiopian Airlines, British Midland and Turkish Airlines.