Gulf Air and India-based SpiceJet recently formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for greater cooperation, including an interline and codeshare agreement, coordinated cargo services, engineering services and pilot training.
Signing the MoU were CEO, Gulf Air, Krešimir Kučko and chairman and managing director, SpiceJet, Ajay Singh.
As well as a codeshare and interline agreement, the MoU paves the way for growth opportunities beyond network expansion, with the airlines now able to leverage each other’s strengths.
Gulf Air and SpiceJet will look at collaborating in the field of pilot training to nurture talent and will also engage and collaborate to enhance their respective cargo and engineering services.
Kučko commented on the MoU: “This is a historic event for both Gulf Air and SpiceJet, as we strengthen commercial ties between the two carriers, creating more choices for our valued passengers to explore new cities across our networks. We have a longstanding relationship with India, and we feel proud to work closely with our friends at SpiceJet.”
Meanwhile, Singh enthused: “I am extremely happy at the signing of this MoU and the beginning of this new partnership between SpiceJet and Gulf Air. This partnership will immensely benefit the two airlines and our passengers in times to come.”
He continued: “These are exciting times for SpiceJet as we pursue our international expansion plan. We are developing an extensive portfolio of destinations both at home and in international markets. The Middle East has always been among our top priority markets. This agreement is going to play a very important role for SpiceJet’s next phase of growth as we continue to explore the innumerable opportunities around us.”
Gulf Air currently operates 82 weekly flights to eight destinations in India, including Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Hyderabad, Calicut and Bangalore. SpiceJet currently operates services to over 50 destinations in India.