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American Airlines and Indigo announce codeshare

American Airlines has announced the signing of codeshare agreement with Indigo, India’s largest airline. The announcement comes just a few weeks before American Airlines reenters the Indian market with nonstop flights to Delhi and Bengaluru.

The agreement, announced today, will place American’s code on 29 of IndiGo’s domestic routes in India, providing a easy option for American Airlines’ passengers arriving on the carrier’s new Bengaluru and Delhi flights. The codeshare is expected to begin in October 2021 and will require U.S. and Indian governments’ approvals.

Vasu Raja, Chief Revenue Officer, American Airlines, said:

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. 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.

From Delhi, American Airlines’ passengers can connect to the following destinations in India:

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From Bengaluru, American Airlines’ passengers can connect to the following destinations in India:

  • Delhi
  • Ahmedabad
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Goa
  • Mangalore
  • Coimbatore
  • Kochi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Nagpur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
Photo: American Airlines

As the codeshare agreement begins, members of American’s AAdvantage loyalty program will earn miles when traveling on American codeshare flights operated by Indigo.

Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, Indigo, said:

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.

Indigo operates more than 1,100 flights daily, connecting 70 domestic destinations and 24 international destinations with its fleet of 275 aircraft. Passengers travelling in American’s Business Class on Delhi-New York and Bengaluru-Seattle (the launch of which has now been postponed to 4th January 2021) routes will have access to IndiGo partner lounges in their originating city.

Meanwhile, American Airlines recently increased frequency of flights to New Delhi before launch later this year. The airline has partnered with Vertical Aerospace for EVTOL aircrafts. Also, the Dallas-based carrier has announced 14 new routes out of Austin. The carrier is expanding in the Caribbean by launching flights to Dominica and Anguilla from Miami and has partnered with TikTok to provide free inflight access. American recently upgraded New Delhi flights and has postponed the launch of Seattle-Bengaluru and Dallas-Tel Aviv routes to January 2022. The airline recently announced that it will invest in Brazilian carrier GOL.

Featured image by American Airlines and Indigo

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