Codesharing To Start By End Of Year
Continental Airlines and India's Kingfisher Airlines announced
Thursday they have entered into a comprehensive partnership for
frequent flyer, airport lounge access reciprocity and code
Continental has operated daily, non-stop flights between Newark
Liberty International Airport and Delhi since 2005. As a result of
this agreement, the carrier will launch daily, non-stop flights
between EWR and Mumbai on October 1, 2007.
"We are proud to partner with Kingfisher, who share our
commitment to excellent customer service," said Larry Kellner,
Continental's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our
partnership with Kingfisher builds upon our increased service
between New York and India."
"Kingfisher Airlines is very proud to associate with Continental
to offer great service to all our guests," added Dr. Vijay Mallya
(below), Chairman and CEO, Kingfisher Airlines Limited. "The
relationship will benefit both the airlines as well as our guests.
We value our guests who have been loyal and what better way of
expressing our gratitude than to offer them miles redemption on the
international sectors with the help of Continental."
Beginning October 1, 2007, members of the two airlines' frequent
flyer programs, Continental's OnePass and Kingfisher's King Club,
will be able to earn and redeem miles on all flights operated by
the other carrier as well as reciprocal airport lounge access for
eligible customers, including Continental BusinessFirst and
Presidents Club members.
The carriers plan to begin their code sharing by the end of the
year. Continental will place its code on Kingfisher flights
connecting to Continental's daily flights between New York and
Delhi and new service between New York and Mumbai.
Passengers traveling on connecting flights between Continental
and Kingfisher will be able to have single check-in for all
flights, including the issuance of electronic tickets, boarding
passes and checked baggage to their final destination.