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Published on : Saturday, May 7, 2016
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has today announced the signing of its tenth codeshare partnership, this time with Star Alliance member Air India, enabling customers using its multi-frequency services to Birmingham from Belfast City, Edinburgh and Glasgow to book seamless flights onward to Delhi. Under the agreement, Air India (AI) will place its marketing code on these Flybe flights (BE).
Seats will be available for booking via the Air India website at airindia.in or through local travel agents from 10th May 2016, with travel effective from 1st June. Passengers who are members of Air India’s Frequent Flier Programme will accrue mileage points for journeys taken on flights carrying the AI flight number.
The prestigious new partnership offers numerous benefits to customers who will be able to use a single ticket to fly from their local airport to Delhi via a seamless connection through Birmingham Airport onto Air India’s daily flights to New Delhi.
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s CEO comments: “Our new codeshare agreement with Air India is another exciting development for Flybe. It further strengthens our ability to connect our regional customers to long-haul destinations with our ‘One Stop to the World’ proposition.
“We can now give customers in the UK regions convenient access to the Indian subcontinent through Birmingham Airport. This relieves them of the need to undertake long road or rail journeys to and from the UK’s congested south east hub airports. It will also serve in contributing further to local economies by encouraging inbound travel from South East Asia.”
Air India has code-share agreements with a number of other Star Alliance airlines offering a range of facilities across a wider Star Alliance network of 1330 destinations in 192 countries.
Today’s news builds upon Flybe’s current portfolio of existing codeshare partnerships with Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Finnair, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
Flybe signed a codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic in March, giving travellers the opportunity to fly from 18 UK and European airports served by Flybe, connecting onto their Virgin Atlantic flight at Manchester, Glasgow and London Gatwick airports.
The demand for forward bookings has exceeded early expectations, the majority of sales being for connections to Orlando via Manchester using Flybe services from Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Belfast City, Edinburgh and Paris Charles de Gaulle; also to Las Vegas from Belfast City and Paris, and from Edinburgh to Atlanta.