June 18, 2008

Jet Trying to Fly Sino Skies

By Saibal Dasgupta

SHANGHAI: Jet Airways is in talks with three major Chinese airlines over deals on exchanging seats and increasing connectivity between India and China.

"We can offer the whole of India to Chinese carriers. Similarly, we expect them to offer us access to different cities in China," said Sudheer Raghavan, Chief Commercial Officer, Jet Airways. He was here to attend a function marking the launch of a Mumbai-Shanghai- San Francisco service. Jet is the first Indian carrier to connect the three cities.

The airline is trying to work out the details of increasing Indo- China connectivity with Air China, China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines. Raghavan said talks with the three airlines are at different stages of progress and a final decision is awaited. "We hope to excite their interest in code sharing activities," he said.

He said the airline is also working on opening the Mumbai-Dubai sector once it gets the necessary rights.

Speaking at the launch function, Consul General of India in Shanghai Vishnu Prakash said the new service was an important move to develop people to people relationship between India and China. During the function, Jet Airways displayed the advanced seats in the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for the Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco service.

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