Air France-KLM has signed an “enhanced co-operation agreement” with Indian carrier Jet Airways.
The two airline groups have been working together since 2014 and already have a codeshare deal on connections between India, Europe and North America.
The expanded deal will see an increase in connecting options through adapting flight times at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Schiphol airports, as well as from Jet’s bases in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
The airlines will also co-ordinate sales and services so they can “provide the best possible offer for customers”.
Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO of Air France-KLM, said: “Air France-KLM and Jet Airways are launching the first co-operation agreement of its kind on the India–Europe market, one of the markets at the heart of the group’s strategy for the coming years.
“We are innovating within the airline industry by offering connections between two partnerships for the first time: our enhanced co-operation agreement for India-Europe with Jet Airways and the Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines’ Europe-North American joint venture.
“Jet Airways, Air France, KLM and Delta Air Lines will thus connect India to a vast transatlantic network via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs.”
The extended agreement will create a combined network covering 106 destinations in Europe and 44 Indian cities.
Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways, said: “The enhanced cooperation agreement represents the next stage in our journey of offering our valued guests greater choice, connectivity, and comfort across our combined global networks.”