A statement released by Jet Airways late on Wednesday has pointed out that the Indian carrier has signed a code sharing pact with Italy-based carrier Alitalia for operating codeshare flights during upcoming winter season. As per the agreement Jet's global customers will now have access to new Italian destinations that will be served by Alitalia. In return Alitalia customers will now be able to fly directly to new Indian destinations from Italy. The statement also pointed out that the Indian carrier will begin a direct flight service between Milan and New Delhi form 5th of December onwards. However, the agreement is still subject to government approval. As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Jet Airways is expected to place its two-letter '9W' code on selected services operated by Alitalia, while Alitalia will return the favor by placing its 'AZ' code on Jet Airways' selected services. Further to codeshare opportunities the cooperation agreement between Alitalia and Jet Airways covers frequent flyers program partnerships, ground activities and cargo services. Commenting on the matter Jet Airways' chairman Mr. Naresh Goyal said, "India and Italy share strong ties, ranging across leisure and business tourism and commercial trade. Thanks to the MOU signed today we will be able to offer our customers a wider access to Italy's top destinations, with Italy's premium airline". Meanwhile adding to the matter Alitalia Chairman Mr. Roberto Colaninno said, "The MOU with Jet Airways is a further step in Alitalia's strategy of growing on the global marketplace, and follows the key agreements that Alitalia already signed with Aeroflot, Etihad and Vietnam Airlines".
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