India’s premier carrier, Kingfisher Airlines and British Airways (BA) are likely to announce a codeshare agreement in September which would in turn facilitate seamless travel for passengers and also enjoy benefits while travelling on each other’s networks. An official announcement to this effect is expected to be made during the visit of British Airways CEO Willie Walsh to India early September.
A source close to the meetings between the two airlines said “Most of the regulatory approvals have been secured, barring a few technical ones. In all likelihood, the agreement will be announced and rolled out in the first week of September.
Once the codeshare agreement is finalized, an airline can book air tickets for its customers on its partner carriers. Also, the frequent flyers of one airline can earn mileage points while travelling on the other’s network. The BA prefix would be added to flights by the Indian carrier to various points across the Indian sub- continent while Kingfisher’s IT designator would be placed on services operated by the UK carrier to key cities in Europe.
While Kingfisher Airlines operates over 360 flights across 66 domestic and 8 international routes, the British Airways flies to over 550 destinations and to more than 130 countries worldwide.