Air India formed a strategic interline partnership with Alaska Airlines, a significant development aimed at fortifying Air India's international connectivity.
The collaboration encompasses a bilateral interlining agreement, enabling both airlines to sell tickets on each other's extensive networks. Additionally, Air India has entered a Special Prorate Agreement with Alaska Airlines, allowing the filing of 'through fares' on routes spanning Alaska Airlines' network. Passengers travelling on Alaska Airlines routes will also benefit from Air India's complimentary baggage allowance.
Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial and Transformation Officer at Air India, expressed optimism about the partnership, emphasizing its potential to enhance Air India's presence in the US, and Canada, and even extend into Mexico, aligning with the airline's broader network expansion strategy.
Air India passengers can now seamlessly connect to various points on Alaska Airlines' network from the existing gateways in North America, such as New York JFK, Newark-New Jersey, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Notable destinations include Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Anchorage, Boise, and numerous other cities across the USA and Mexico.
Air India, known for its extensive international operations, currently operates 47 non-stop flights weekly from Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai to key American cities, including New York, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, and San Francisco. Additionally, the airline operates 14 non-stop flights every week from Delhi to Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. This partnership with Alaska Airlines is expected to significantly broaden the options available to Air India passengers and facilitate smoother connections across the North American continent.