Jet Airways is currently operating a couple of ATR 72-500 and a single 737-800 (VT-SJI). Having an operational fleet less than 20 aircraft, meant international operations getting cancelled. Slots at London Heathrow were transferred to Etihad probably to protect them in the meantime due to 80% operational rule. International departures are officially cancelled till April 18, 2019, at least.
Air France-KLM which started codesharing with Jet Airways in 2014, made a metal neutral pact with Jet Airways in 2017. In light of the current situation, Air France – KLM has stopped selling codeshare flights effective immediately. There isn’t anything left to codeshare basically. Jet Airways is only operating a handful of domestic flights out of Mumbai and Delhi.
While it isn’t officially confirmed if codeshare agreement is dropped altogether but Air France and KLM have both pulled out all Jet Airways inventory from their website for time being since they are awaiting clarity on Jet Airways situation.
Also, Jet Airways isn’t selling flights operated by Air France-KLM at the moment. Jet Airways cannot codeshare on international flights if it is isn’t eligible to fly international routes. If it was allowed, Vistara would have long back put its UK code on its codeshare partner flights: Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, British Airways and Japan Airlines.
I compared the same day flights on many dates to come to this conclusion.
Airlines are still honouring Jet Airways codeshare passengers who had booked their flights earlier. Since Jet Airways stopped London, Paris and Amsterdam flights all of a sudden, it created a huge mess. A lot of passengers were stranded.
It had a huge impact on Air France, KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic also which placed their codes on Jet Airways flights out of London, Paris and Amsterdam. Jet Airways operated 3x daily 777-300ER flights to London, 12x weekly flights to Paris and 4x daily flights to Amsterdam.
The same situation can be witnessed with Delta, who earlier used to sell Jet Airways tickets to Amsterdam, Paris and London Heathrow. Now, those flights live in the systems of Jet Airways, but you won’t be able to find them on Delta’s options.
Similarly, Jet Airways can’t sell these codeshares either.
To help stranded passengers, Air France operated a 777-300ER instead of A340-300 on Paris-Mumbai route on April 14, 2019. In addition, Air France operated an additional flight, AF4142 on Paris-Mumbai sector with a 787-9 on April 14, 2019. KLM operated a 777-300ER instead of a 787-9 on April 15, 2019.
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