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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Air India Ltd and Adria Airways signed a code-share agreement on Tuesday which would help Indian travellers fly seamlessly to any destination of the Slovenian national carrier’s wide network in Europe and North America, according to a news report. The agreement was signed by Rohit Nandan, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India Ltd and Mark Anzur, President and CEO, Adria Airways, in the presence of visiting Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Karl Viktor Erjavec and Ajit Singh, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India, at the Ministry headquarters in New Delhi.
Stating that the agreement is of strategic significance to Air India, Nandan said both carriers would fly into each other’s countries in the next couple of years as they further expand their global operations.
Nandan also sought Adria’s support in Air India’s renewed bid to gain membership of Star Alliance, expressing hope that the global airline grouping would take a decision on the matter “very soon”. A member of Star Alliance, Adria, along with other airline partners in Star Alliance, offers access to a global network of 27 airlines with more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.
The Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister said the agreement was a small step towards the growing relationship between the two countries and would contribute to the growth of tourism and business relations.The code-share agreement came two months after Nandan and other officials held detailed discussions with their counterparts in Adria Airways in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. Officials said Air India’s good connections at Frankfurt including those flown on a code-share arrangement with Lufthansa, matched with Adria’s operations to its wide network in Europe.
In June 2012, Air India, Aerodrom Ljubljana and Adria had signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to forge greater cooperation in view of the aircraft compatibility between the two airlines and Air India’s interest in operating out of Ljubljana airport.