Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways have announced the signing of a codeshare agreement that will see the addition of Kuwait national carrier’s code to Turkish Airlines flights, while simultaneously the Turkish carrier will add the Kuwait Airways’ codes on flights between Kuwait and Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen Airports.
Building upon an existing commercial relationship between the two airlines that dates back to 1991, the new codeshare partnership was signed on 9 July at Turkish Airlines’ Headquarters in Istanbul.
Commenting on the partnership, Bilal Ekşi, general manager at Turkish Airlines, said: “Istanbul is the natural and historical connection point between Asia and Europe. With its brilliant performance over the last 16 years, Turkish Airlines holds the title of the airline that flies to the highest number of countries in the world with 124 countries.
“The opening of our new home base, Istanbul Airport will further contribute and create new opportunities for our airline and I firmly believe that this Codeshare Agreement will support promoting the cultural and commercial relations between Istanbul and Kuwait. Both Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways will work closely to offer the best services to our passengers and improve the customer experience,” he added.
To date, Kuwait Airways oversees seven flights a week to both Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen with their fleets of A330, A320, and Boeing 777 aircraft. Similarly, Turkish Airlines operates 28 flights from Istanbul on A320, A330, and Boeing 738 aircraft, while Sabiha Gokcen is served with 14 flights on A320 and Boeing 738 aircraft.
Moving forward, Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways are exploring the possibility of combining their respective frequent flyer programmes for codeshare flights for the benefit of their passengers.
Sharing his viewpoint on the codeshare agreement, Yousef Al-Jassem Al-Saqer, chairman of Kuwait Airways said: “We welcome Turkish Airlines as a codeshare partner. The new beginning of this revived partnership will bring enhanced connectivity and increased convenience to our customers, who can expect the same level of impeccable service that they expect from our airline when they travel on codeshare flights to/from Kuwait to/from Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen.
“The agreement will support Kuwait Airways and Turkish Airlines operating between the two cities and allow more travel options, facilities for the public to take advantage of the services provided by the carriers. The new codeshare partnership will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation, and a seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey.”