American Airlines and IndiGo on Tuesday, September 28 announced that they have entered into a codeshare agreement that allows the former to sell seats on the Indian carrier’s flights operating on 29 routes.
“The codeshare, which will require U.S. and Indian governments’ approvals, is expected to begin in October, as American launches new service between New York (JFK) and Delhi on October 31 this year and between Seattle (SEA) and Bengaluru on January 4, 2022.
Customers travelling in American’s Flagship Business cabin on DEL–JFK or BLR–SEA will have access to IndiGo partner lounges in their originating city where they can relax, unwind and enjoy hot food, beverages, Wi-Fi and more. Customers can learn more about lounge locations and offerings on the IndiGo website.”Joint Statement of the American Airlines and IndiGo
“We are delighted to sign this codeshare agreement with one of the world’s largest and most reputed airlines. We are confident that this will be a strong partnership that will create many opportunities for trade and tourism through IndiGo’s seamless nationwide connectivity. We look forward to having American’s customers on our lean clean flying machine, as we extend to them our on-time, affordable, courteous and hassle-free travel experience.”Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, IndiGo
“We’re eager to add IndiGo as our trusted partner in India. Whether our customers are traveling for business or pleasure, this new partnership makes it easy to reach all four corners of India.
Whether our customers are travelling for business or pleasure, this new partnership makes it easy to reach all four corners of India. Today we’re adding 29 new routes to our map as a result of this agreement, providing customers with even more options around the globe.”Vasu Raja, Chief Revenue Officer, American Airlines
The one-way codeshare agreement will place American’s code on 29 of IndiGo’s domestic routes, providing a convenient option for American Airlines customers to travel within India after landing in Bengaluru or Delhi. This means that once the one-way codeshare agreement comes into force, American will be able to sell seats — on its distribution system — of IndiGo flights on the 29 selected routes.
In a two-way codeshare agreement, each airline on its distribution system can sell seats of other’s flights. Currently, IndiGo has a two-way codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines and a one-way codeshare partnership with Qatar Airways.
IndiGo is India’s largest airline by the number of passengers carried. With its fleet of 275+ aircraft, the airline operates more than 1,100 daily flights, connecting 70 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations.
Previously in November 2005, American Airline was in a codeshare agreement with Air Sahara. Ronojoy Dutta who is the current CEO of IndiGo was then the president of Air Sahara.
Air Sahara was once a rapidly-growing Indian airline, with strong domestic operations and expanding international routes. The airline was almost exclusively a Boeing 737 carrier, starting from the -200 to the -800. Air Sahara was eventually bought out by Jet Airways.
Air Sahara was officially rebranded as JetLite, Jet’s new low-cost arm. JetLite would serve as the competitor to the then-new IndiGo, GoAir, and SpiceJet. In April 2019, JetLite grounded all of its flights and ceased all operations, in tandem with its parent company, Jet Airways.