Skip to main content

Strategic Alliance between Jet Airways (India) Ltd, the country’s largest airline by passengers carried, and Deutsche Lufthansa AG

The civil aviation ministry has approved a strategic alliance between Jet Airways (India) Ltd, the country’s largest airline by passengers carried, and Deutsche Lufthansa AG that will enable them to sell seats across each other’s networks, in the process pushing state-owned Air India deeper into the red.

The blanket approval for the code-sharing arrangement between Jet and the German airline could be a step towards the Indian carrier joining Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline network.

Code sharing is an agreement between two airlines that allows each to book seats on the other’s flights as it would on its own.

Teaming up: Jet Airways wants to cover almost the entire Lufthansa network in Europe and North America, and other routes. In return, Lufthansa will be able to book seats on Jet’s domestic flights. Photo: Hindustan Times
Typically, the arrangement is restricted to a few select sectors, but Jet sought approval to cover almost the entire Lufthansa network in Europe and North America, and other routes. In return, Lufthansa will be able to book seats on Jet’s domestic flights.
“This will help them expand their market. We have granted them in-principle approval for it this week,” said a aviation ministry official, who declined to be named.

Jet did not reply to an email and phone calls seeking comment. Lufthansa declined to comment.

Lufthansa had mentored Air India to join Star Alliance, which has since denied entry to the government-owned carrier on grounds that it hadn’t met some membership conditions, Mint reported on 2 August. Air India had rejected these claims.

Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal and Star Alliance’s chief executive officer Mark Schwab had met earlier this year to discuss plans for Jet to join the network; Jet applied to the aviation ministry on 16 July seeking approval to join the club, which would make it the partner of choice for other members of the alliance flying to India.

Teaming up with Lufthansa could ease Jet’s entry into Star Alliance.

The aviation ministry, as per standard protocol, sought Air India’s views on Jet Airways’ request to co-opt Lufthansa. Air India “strongly opposed” the move, an official at the flag carrier said on condition of anonymity.

“It’s miserable to see what is being done,” the Air India official said.

Air India, in an estimate to the ministry, said it risked losing Rs. 92 crore annually on just one single route—Mumbai-Munich—as a result of the code sharing between Jet Airways and Lufthansa. The approval covers several dozen more routes.

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh told Parliament last week that Air India’s loss on international routes had reached Rs. 1,700 crore in the three years from 2009-10.

Steve Forte, a former Jet Airways chief executive officer, said a blanket code sharing arrangement could mean Jet was preparing to sell a stake to a foreign airline when the Indian government changes rules to allow it. At present, Indian rules permit foreign investment of up to 49% in domestic carriers, provided the investor isn’t an airline.

“Perhaps Jet is getting ready for foreign participation, particularly in view of Goyal’s reversal on his previous position of being against it,” Forte said adding, “Whatever the reason, both airlines can advertise a larger network and it should be somewhat detrimental to Air India.”

Jet will be able to attract more passengers to its domestic network if it decides to fly to European points such as Munich and Frankfurt from places such as Hyderabad and Bangalore and could even relocate its existing European hub from Brussels to the Lufthansa-fed Munich or Frankfurt, said a foreign airline executive who asked not to be identified.

For Lufthansa, the code sharing means taking on Emirates, this executive said.

“You have to look at who Lufthansa fears...who is threatening to eat their lunch? The answer is, of course, the Middle-Eastern carriers,” this executive said, adding that Lufthansa has realized that it can’t serve all the destinations that Emirates serves profitably.

The executive explained that the German airlines flights to Hyderabad and Kolkata have failed. Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines together fly to 85 cities in Europe, this person explained. “That is obviously very unsettling for a large European carrier.”

Happy Landings ..........

Capt Shekhar Gupta
AeroSoft Corp
W :
E  :


Government disagrees IATA's claim of IGI being costliest airport in the world
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Government today disagreed with the claims of IATA, an international body of airlines, that Delhi's IGI airport was costliest in the world and said as per UN's aviation regulatory body it was placed below the five most expensive airports in ...
See all stories on this topic »
US Federal Aviation Administration to re-examine in-flight electronics use
Chances are good that you'll still need to put your electronic devices away during takeoff and landing, but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forming a combined government-industry group to determine when your computer, smartphone and ...
See all stories on this topic »
Aviation regulator questions rule change
Hindustan Times
The aviation safety regulator has questioned Mumbai air traffic control (ATC) on its recent decision to reduce the distance between two arriving flights by two nautical miles, in its probe into the near collision between two aircraft at Mumbai on ...
See all stories on this topic »
Heathrow third runway: Justine Greening says bold foresight needed for ...
“We need to look long term,” she said, arguing that the Government had to draw up a policy which would meet Britain's aviation needs for the next 50 years. She added that the Government would look to "start the process of saying well, if we're not ...
See all stories on this topic »
Govt approves Jet, Lufthansa strategic alliance
New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry has approved a strategic alliance between Jet Airways (India) Ltd, the country's largest airline by passengers carried, and Deutsche Lufthansa AG that will enable them to sell seats across each other's networks ...
See all stories on this topic »
Demand for aviation staff to surge in SE Asia
... two decades. Some 185,000 new commercial airline pilots and 243,500 new technicians are expected to be needed in the Asia-Pacific from now to 2030. The region's aviation industry is forecast to have a staggering market value of S$1.7 trillion by then.
See all stories on this topic »

British Civil Aviation Authority Highly Interested In Pilots' UFO Sightings
Huffington Post
Clarke, seen at right, told the Huffington Post that the Civil Aviation Authority -- a different government department from the MoD -- kept separate records of UFO cases, "not only by the aircrew, themselves, but also anything unusual that was seen by ...
See all stories on this topic »
Division of Aviation reminder for pilots about the Democratic National Convention
The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation sent a reminder Monday for all general aviation pilots. The release reminds pilots to do thorough flight planning prior to flying in and around the Charlotte area during the ...
See all stories on this topic »
Civil aviation charges increase to resource loss-making CAA
National Business Review
The new funding framework affects all civil aviation fees, and levies, which last year totalled $22.16 million. The charges will come into effect on November 1. It will recover an extra $14.1 million over the next three years from commercial aircraft ...
See all stories on this topic »


Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post Available on these sites

Guest Post Available on these sites. At just 100$ [For all Sites] Contact  +91 9977513452

ship parts, ship parts names, ship parts diagram, cruise ship parts, pirate ship parts names, sailing ship parts,, model ship parts,

 ship parts ship parts names ship parts diagram cruise ship parts pirate ship parts names sailing ship parts model ship parts ship parts kotor ship parts swtor ship parts kotor, ship parts swtor,

Looking for Fresh Content Writers with 0 to 1 year of Experience

Looking for Fresh Content Writers  with 0 to 1 year of Experience. Job Location- Work from Home L B L Lessons for Business Leaders Key Responsibilities: #Research Ideas and facts pertinent to the type of Content / Topic L B L Lessons for Business Leaders assigned. #Develop ideas derived from online/offline research and organize the same on paper or computer applications. #Sort out workable ideas by a process of elimination and keep eliminated ideas stored for future reference. #Write fresh content based on research and brainstorming by following instructions provided for each type of document. #Develop engaging content for articles, Blogs, stories and social media to entice and engage audience. #Proofread content for errors or additions and ensure that content is Written per instructions. #Ensure that web page content is edited properly to increase on-screen readability. #Think up titles for each piece of content keeping appropriateness in check. #Copy, edit and