Turkish Airlines and Air India Sign Free Sale Codeshare Agreement
Turkish Airlines, Europe's fastest growing airline company and Air India, the flag carrier airline of India, have now signed a Free Sale Codeshare Agreement after their previous blocked space codeshare agreement.
With effect from 1st March 2012, the revised agreement will allow TK passengers a seamless connection to AI operated flights on Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Amritsar routes.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Adnan Aykac, General Manager, Northern and Eastern India, Turkish Airlines said, "We are delighted to enter the free sale codeshare agreement and join forces with Air India to offer our customers world-class gateway to 6 Indian cities. This partnership with Air India is aligned with our plans to further expand and strengthen our presence in this region. We look forward to working with Air India and providing even more travel options for our customers."
Codeshare flights within the scope of the renewed agreement are as follows:
TK Operated Flights AI Operated Flights
International Sectors Domestic Sectors
Istanbul - Mumbai v.v. Mumbai - Hyderabad v.v.
Istanbul - Delhi v.v. Mumbai - Ahmedabad v.v.
Mumbai - Chennai v.v.
Mumbai - Kolkata v.v.
Domestic Sectors Mumbai - Bangalore v.v.
Istanbul - Ankara v.v. Mumbai - Ahmedabad v.v.
Istanvul - Izmir v.v. Mumbai - Chennai v.v.
Istanbul - Adnan v.v. Mumbai - Kolkata v.v.
Istanbul - Dalaman v.v. Mumbai - Amritsar v.v.
Istanbul - Antalya v.v. Mumbai - Bangalore v.v.
Turkish Airlines presently operates 14 weekly flights to Istanbul from Delhi and Mumbai. The airline also has plans to start new routes in some key cities of India in the near future and capitalize on the potential this region offers. With its rapid growth and world-class services, the airline is all set to capture the Indian market in the times to come.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with 179 aircrafts flying to 193 destinations around the world. The airline flies 41 domestic destinations in Turkey and 152 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several "Passengers Choice Awards" from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, "Best Airline Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" for its Comfort Class seats and "Best Airline Southern Europe". It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers.
About Air India:
Air India is the flag carrier airline of India. It is part of the government of India owned Air India Limited (AIL). The airline operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Air India has the third largest share in India's domestic air travel market, behind Jet Airways and IndiGo. In October 2011, talks between the airline and Star Alliance have resumed after being suspended in August 2011, due to its failure to meet the minimum standards for the membership.
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