With the rapid decline in the state of Jet Airways, most of their flights are cancelled at the moment. On international routes, that is a huge cause of worry (on domestic as well, I know!) because people may have planned work or leisure travel abroad months in advance, and now they are not sure if those flights are operating or not. Jet Airways flights overseas are currently suspended. Singapore, London, Paris and Amsterdam were plugged out last week, and London slots are being handed back to Etihad Airways (and Delta).
In this situation, people are wondering what will happen to their travel plans. While I am trying to address as many queries as possible on Twitter, Instagram and here, I just thought I’d share one of my experiences today with all of you, and basis all the other data points I am receiving.
Jet Airways has the following codeshare partners, which means Jet Airways can sell tickets on these other airlines with a Jet Airways flight number, such as 9W, but the operating airline is someone else. Jet Airways has the following codeshare partners:
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Air Seychelles
- Bangkok Airways
- China Eastern Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Fiji Airways
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hong Kong Airlines
- Jetstar Asia
- Kenya Airways
- Korean Air
- Malaysia Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
Now, there are various routes on which Jet Airways would typically sell flights. For instance, I bought a Jet Airways ticket last year to travel to Japan. But Jet Airways does not operate a flight to Japan. So, in this case, it was Jet Airways selling me a ticket on ANA but sold with a 9W flight number and issued with a ticket number started with 589.
Of course, with a ticket booked so far back, I was concerned last week if the tickets would be honoured by the operating carrier ANA at this moment. Typically, codeshare flights are paid for by the marketing carrier after the flight is completed. And I am glad to report they were honoured without the bat of an eyelid.
I just got off the plane from Tokyo a few hours ago, and there were a load of passengers who were booked by Jet Airways on this flight from Tokyo to Mumbai. And not just that, I talked around to a few people who have been travelling recently, and they have all been able to board other flights booked by Jet Airways and operated by KLM, Air France and other airlines too. The demand on the European segments have been indeed very high, so, KLM/Air France is going to operate bigger planes to have the passengers booked by AF/KLM on Jet Airways flights, and not being transported by them at the moment.
Air France is operating an additional flight on Paris-Mumbai route on Sunday. It has one daily flight. KLM plans to operate a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Mumbai on Monday. It flies a 787-9 on Amsterdam-Mumbai route. @AFnewsroom @KLM_press #JetAirways
— aneesh phadnis (@aneeshp) April 14, 2019
What has been your experience flying Jet Airways’ codeshare partners these past few days?