Adria signs cooperation instead of codeshare agreement with Jordanian
Adria Airways has denied reports it has signed a codeshare partnership with rival Oneworld alliance member Royal Jordanian Airlines as originally reported by Slovenia’s national press agency “STA”, citing sources at the Jordanian national carrier. Original reports claimed Adria would place its “JP” designator code and flight numbers on Royal Jordanian services from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Munich, Paris, Vienna and Zurich to Amman and vice versa with the codeshare partnership to be in place until the end of the year. However, Adria says it has signed a cooperation agreement with Royal Jordanian under which it will provide connecting flights to passengers between Ljubljana and Jordan via the abovementioned cities.
Adria Airways currently has codeshares in place only with its fellow Star Alliance members and non-alliance carriers. Partnering up with an airline from a rival alliance would have come as a surprise. Royal Jordanian, which handles over three million passengers annually, has had little to no presence in the former Yugoslavia’s since it last operated flights to the country prior to its breakup. However, in 2008, Jordanian was one of three companies to send in a bid for a 49% stake in B&H Airlines. The airline’s bid was ranked second with a mark of 32.2 out of 100, behind Turkish Airlines which subsequently won the tender procedure.
Adria says its cooperation agreement with the Jordanian national carrier "will enable customers to enjoy more flexible routing options and mix and match flights on both carriers for the most convenient scheduling and best pricing”. Next Monday Adria’s recently signed codeshare agreement with Air Serbia will come into force with the Slovenian carrier placing its flight numbers and codes on the Ljubljana - Belgrade service. Adria says, “This codesharing agreement confirms the good business relations between these two airlines. We anticipate expanding our cooperation during the summer timetable to also include several other interesting routes”.