In news that may be relevant for people about to book flights to India, the nation’s two leading airlines have announced that they are to form an alliance.

In news that may be relevant for people about to book flights to India, the nation’s two leading airlines have announced that they are to form an alliance.

Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines have issued a joint statement to say that they will join forces to help them combat high fuel costs and to offer a wider range of air travel options to passengers.

The firms said this will save considerable amounts of money for both airlines, but stressed that the companies will still maintain separate status legally and through branding.

Jet and Kinfisher’s alliance will involve joint fuel management, ground handling, network rationalisation and crew sharing.

Vijay Mallya chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, said: “This is a quantum leap forward in the evolution of Indian aviation which will benefit customers through a comprehensive integration.”

Jet Airways was founded in 1993 and offers flights to some 64 destinations, including India, North America, Europe, Asia and the Gulf region

Meanwhile, Kingfisher operates 218 flights a day and has a network of 38 destinations, with regional and long-haul international services.

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