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Kingfisher in code-sharing pact with Delta

October 20, 2006 12:55 IST

Kingfisher Airlines will carry within the country passengers of Delta Airlines of the United States, which is starting a direct non-stop flight between John F Kennedy Airport in New York to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

Delta begins its non-stop flight on November 1 and the journey is expected to take 14 hours.

Talking to PTI, regional director (North America) of Kingfisher Airlines, Sudhan Thomas said a major feature of the arrangement between the two airlines is that Kingfisher's flights to Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore from Mumbai will start within two hours of the Delta flight arriving in the city.

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This would cut down the destination time for weary passengers from the US considerably as currently they have to spend hours at the Mumbai airport to get the connecting flight to other cities, he said.

Thomas said that passengers travelling to India from the US would be able to buy tickets to Indian cities along with Delta airlines tickets.

Kingfisher will give preference to Delta passengers and offer highly competitive rates. Besides, Kingfisher has made arrangements with travel agents in the United States to sell tickets for its flights.

This would allow a passenger travelling to cities served by Kingfisher to buy tickets at one window and coordinate travel plans and flights, which would mean less wastage of the limited time that a person on vacation has, Thomas said.

The Airlines, he said, is also making arrangements with Continental Airlines and American Airlines.

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