Air India + Lat Am : Has anyone done this?

Old Nov 6, 19, 9:50 am
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Air India + Lat Am : Has anyone done this?


I've a ticket that I got from a travel agent. The same ticket can be bought on LatAm. Here's the gist of it.

- Route : Delhi -> Sao Paulo (via Madrid) AI 135 + LA 8065

- Air India and LatAm are not in the same alliance

- Traveller is Indian with a Canadian Visa. She'll soon have a Brazil visa.

- One e-ticket but two PNRs. I have read that there are two PNRS as Air India issues a 5 letter one while Lat Am does a 6 letter one.

Immediately after booking I had checked with Air India and the lady had said we'll be able to check-in all the way through. I called them again and they said they don't know. LatAm first said they can't check-in all the way through but I called them yesterday and they said they can. Questions :-

1. Will the passenger need a Schengen Visa?
2. Will Air India be able to produce two boarding passes?
3. Has anyone recently done a transit in Madrid from T1 to T4S?
4. Is the second ticket guaranteed. What if the first flight gets late?

Last I did T1 to T4s was in August and it was pretty smooth. Hoping it's the same now. Not having a boarding pass would change things though I guess.
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Old Nov 6, 19, 11:57 am
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1. No; if she has a current Canadian visa as of the date of the trip, she qualifies for an exception even if she's not going to Canada.
2. Probably not. But she can show an itinerary printout to do the terminal transfer.
3. Yes, thousands of passengers have done it 'recently'.
4. It is never ideal to miss a flight. I hope the connection is not too tight. But LA will do what they can if the flight is missed. Of course each airline has its own PNR, this is standard. But it's a single ticket and that's what counts.
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Old Nov 7, 19, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by gyani95 View Post
One e-ticket but two PNRs.
that's your long as its one ticket, you have nothing to worry about....every airline will have different pnrs....i'm flying next week on a ticket that has flights operated by dl, vs & kl....its one ticket but i have 3 different pnrs, one for each airline....that's the way it works....
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