Indian international air traffic is booming, but much of the growth has been captured by the three big Gulf carriers, including Etihad, which owns 24 per cent of Jet.
The "enhanced cooperation agreement" with Air France-KLM, signed in Mumbai, is designed to expand the number of flights to Europe and make Paris and Amsterdam hubs for connecting flights to the United States.
The agreement also includes Delta Air Lines, with which Air France KLM has an existing partnership.
International carriers are increasingly tying up on routes in the face of rising competition.
Jet's chief financial officer Amit Agarwal said in September that there was "continued weakness in the Gulf market both on the demand as well as yield." He said flights into Amsterdam and Paris, which Jet launched recently, were a "brighter spot".
The Gulf will continue to be an important market and Jet will not reduce its operations there, Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet, told reporters alongside Jean-Marc Janaillac, Air France-KLM's chairman. Goyal added that Jet had a "great relationship with Etihad" and that would continue. - Reuters
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