Hong Kong Airlines and Mumbai-based carrier Jet Airways will begin codesharing on flights between Hong Kong and India and to destinations in Asia, enabling Hong Kong Airlines to provide a daily service connecting Hong Kong with Mumbai and Delhi.

The partnership will see Hong Kong Airlines place its HX code on Jet Airways flights between Hong Kong and Mumbai and Delhi. Meanwhile Jet Airways will place its 9W code on Hong Kong Airlines’ flights between Hong Kong and Okinawa, Denpasar, Hanoi, Bangkok and its recently launched Auckland service. Codeshare flights will begin being open for sale starting February 27 this year for travel on the same day.

Members of Jet Airways’ frequent flyer programme, Jet Privilege will also be able to earn miles when flying on these routes, which will become available for redemption and will also count towards earning tier status within Jet Privilege.

“From our observations, there has been great potential in the India market as increasing travellers from India tend to transit via Hong Kong to Japan, South East Asia and even farther to Auckland,” said Li Dianchun, CCO of Hong Kong Airlines.

“By connecting Hong Kong with Mumbai and Delhi, the new agreement enables passengers from these key cities to travel seamlessly to a bunch of popular destinations in Hong Kong Airlines’ network. On the other hand, our passengers can also access India easily for either business or leisure travel purposes.”

Jayaraj Shanmugam, CCO of Jet Airways, echoed the sentiment, noting that travel between India and the destinations that will form the codeshare has been on the up. “Both business and leisure travel between India and the destinations covered by this arrangement have been growing at a remarkable CAGR of 12 per cent over the past five years, on the back of sustained economic activity. We believe this partnership will further strengthen the choice available for our guests, especially to our first time codeshare destinations such as Okinawa in Japan and Auckland in New Zealand.”

Hong Kong Airlines is also due to begin operating services to Vancouver this year starting in June, along with rolling out its new business class seat product on its new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, the first of which it is due to receive in August.

hongkongairlines.com; jetairways.com