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Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

I am travelling Zurich-Heathrow by BA connecting by KF from Heathrow same day. Two seperate PNRs on both tickets. Also donot know if BA and KF have interline agreements on this sector :-(

My questions:
Will I be given both the boarding passes for this ticket at Zurich itself?
After reaching Heathrow Terminal 4 from Zurich, will I have to security check again at Heathrow for my connecting flight to Mumbai from terminal 5 at Heathrow.
Will my luggage at Zurich check in be thorugh checked in upto final destination Mumbai?

Shall appreciate any response on the above since it will decide which UK visa (DATV or Transit) that I will need to take. Thanks.

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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

Welcome to the forum.

http://press.ba.com/?p=1401

New Codeshare With Kingfisher Airlines

Posted on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
British Airways and Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines are to start codesharing on each other’s flights across India, Sri Lanka, the UK and continental Europe from September 15, 2010. This follows Kingfisher Airlines acceptance of an invitation to join the oneworld alliance earlier this year.


This is the first time that British Airways has codeshared with an Indian airline. British Airways’ code will be placed on 11 domestic Indian routes and one route to Sri Lanka operated by Kingfisher Airlines while Kingfisher Airlines’ code will be placed on nine British Airways’ routes from Heathrow to the UK regions and continental Europe. The airlines’ customers will be able to book their whole journey on each other’s websites, earn frequent flyer points on the codeshare routes and gain access to each other’s airport lounges.


PS: Ask the airline(s) for confirmation which should help you with your DATV visa.
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

Many thanks jrspet!
But the following:
  1. BA and KF are codesharing only on 4 sectors...Zurich-Mumbai is not one of these.
  2. oneworld alliance shows KF as "a member elect" not a member yet!
  3. Expedia through whom I booked the tkt. (non refundable ) told me to ask KF who told me to ask BA who told me to ask British Consulate who told me to ask BA again...but nobody could answer!!
  4. Now, I guess only someone who took this flight connection can answer.
Any response will be much appreciated!!
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Old 07.05.2011, 09:36
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

With two different tickets and of course two PNRs the likelihood that you will get your BP for the KF flight in Zurich is somewhere between slim and none. BA are also notoriously picky about checking through bags on different tickets which may mean you will have to pick up your bags in T4 and schlepp them over to T5...oh joy! If that is the case you will certainly have to go through security again.

However, airlines are notorious for being illogical and inconistent. My suggestion would be to post a question on the British Airways forum at www.flyertalk.com where I am sure you will get some knowledgeable answers.
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...l#post16349739

Glad to see you got an answer on Flyertalk, even though it probably wasn't what you wanted to hear.
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Old 09.05.2011, 07:09
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

I flew this route some time ago. They did not check through the baggage - for security reasons, as I was told.

It was a really difficult flight and quite strenuous.

But still, these days one never knows how the airlines are acting upon such security questions.

They even might be able to check you through.


Good Luck - flying isn't anywhere near as it was many years before.
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BA are also notoriously picky about checking through bags on different tickets which may mean you will have to pick up your bags in T4 and schlepp them over to T5...oh joy!
But on the bright side there is considerably less chance of your bags getting lost in that luggage black hole that is Heathrow if you carry them yourself.

Sadly you forgot rule 1 of flying....never ever change planes at Heathrow.
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

Thanks all! Very informative. I decided to go for a visa in transit and not DATV.
Lessons learnt:
  1. Do some research before buying the cheapest ticket. More so for non-refundable tkts!
  2. Check IATA site for transit visas required. Add the cost of visa to the ticket cost.
  3. If on transit visa keep sufficient time between connecting flts.
  4. Avoid London for transit.
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

Thanks Amitabh, your post has helped me in avoiding this option. We are planning to travel during year end and were looking at various options. This surely helps..
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

One possible option for you might be Emirates via Dubai. They generally offer some pretty competitive fares and good connections.
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Old 17.05.2011, 06:46
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Re: Zurich to Mumbai _ British Airways - Kingfisher

With all these low fares these days, I'm wondering if the routes with stop overs are really, really an excellent deal (unless you want to have a stop over).

Say a flight ZH-Mumbai costs about say CHF 1000. Are the other flights around say CHF 500 ?? Sometimes you only have to add about 200.- to have a hassle free direct flight. Money well invested these days.

Always when I'm checking the routes, they are more or less at a same price. Then again I might look at the wrong sites.

Changing at Heathrow is such a night mare, same in Amsterdam or Frankfurt. Dubai is somewhat ok. But still you loose much time.

And if you have "certain" destinations in Asia (India, South East Asia) they just tighten their checking a bit more.
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With all these low fares these days, I'm wondering if the routes with stop overs are really, really an excellent deal (unless you want to have a stop over).

Say a flight ZH-Mumbai costs about say CHF 1000. Are the other flights around say CHF 500 ?? Sometimes you only have to add about 200.- to have a hassle free direct flight. Money well invested these days.

Always when I'm checking the routes, they are more or less at a same price. Then again I might look at the wrong sites.

Changing at Heathrow is such a night mare, same in Amsterdam or Frankfurt. Dubai is somewhat ok. But still you loose much time.

And if you have "certain" destinations in Asia (India, South East Asia) they just tighten their checking a bit more.
You have a valid point Armandair. I am flying to Mumbai soon on business and flying Emirates will save my company a couple of K CHF, which is not to be sneezed at. However, if I put the same dates in for economy the direct flight with Swiss is only 300 CHF more expensive than the cheapest flight via Paris with Air France. Under those circumstances, paying the extra 300 makes good sense.
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Oh, I always fly economy

Of course business is something completely else

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You have a valid point Armandair. I am flying to Mumbai soon on business and flying Emirates will save my company a couple of K CHF, which is not to be sneezed at. However, if I put the same dates in for economy the direct flight with Swiss is only 300 CHF more expensive than the cheapest flight via Paris with Air France. Under those circumstances, paying the extra 300 makes good sense.
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Oh, I always fly economy
Me too when it's my own nickel....
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