Virgin Atlantic has expanded its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways to include travel between Delhi/Mumbai and four Indian cities.
From August 12, the deal means passengers with both airlines can purchase through-tickets from London Heathrow to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata, and vice versa.
Virgin flies a B787-9 Dreamliner service twice-daily between LHR and Delhi, from where Jet Airways operates the domestic services. Jet Airways also flies twice-daily between Mumbai and LHR.
The agreement means passengers are issued with all their boarding passes at the originating airport, whether in the UK or India.
Joe Thompson, Virgin Atlantic’s senior vice president of network and alliances, said: “As part of our commitment to the Indian market we already operate a successful codeshare with Jet Airways between London and Mumbai and we’re delighted that our partnership is allowing us to open up other popular destinations in India for our customers.”
Jet Airways CCO Raj Sivakumar added: “Virgin Atlantic guests can now avail themselves of convenient connections on Jet Airways’ extensive network to multiple points within India.”
Virgin currently has six B787-9s in its fleet, with 11 more scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018.
Last month, it emerged Virgin will operate a B787-9 to Dubai from July 2016 (see news, July 6).