Nairobi, January 22 – Accord Airlines Chief Executive Officer Pramod Gupta announced on Monday that his company has purchased Glade Airways. Accord is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and the purchase is expected to double the size of the airline and extend its reach into new markets. Most of Accord’s routes are to cities in Asia, Great Britain, and the United States. Glade’s head office is in Nairobi, and from its East African base the airline flies to countries throughout the rest of Africa.
Representatives of the two airlines said customers would not notice many immediate changes. There are no plans yet to paint the airplanes or redecorate the interiors. Each airline will keep its own Web site, baggage fees, and frequent-flyer programs for at least the next six months.
Airfares are not expected to change immediately, either, although Accord spokesperson Amina Odoyo said that “This will be the first aspect of the merger to be addressed.” She hastened to add, however, that there would be “no problem” for customers who have already booked a flight. “Tickets that have already been purchased for either airline will be honored,” she said.
Flight attendants and pilots for both airlines were pleased by the purchase. “I hope I will be able to fly to Nairobi,” said Shiv Parida, a pilot who has worked for Accord for six years. “I’ve been flying the same route for about four years,” he noted, “and expanding into new areas should help Accord grow, which means more opportunities for me. I have always wanted to visit Africa.”