04/10/2018 – News / Aviation / Vistara / India / Tata Group / Singapore Airlines / British Airways / UK
Vistara becomes British Airways’ only codeshare partner in India
Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, and British Airways, the UK’s largest carrier, have signed a new codeshare agreement, further deepening their existing interline partnership. With this, Vistara becomes the only codeshare partner for British Airways in India.
Under the agreement, British Airways will add its ‘BA’ designator code to approximately 60 Vistara-operated flights each day, covering 13 Indian cities, including eight new virtual British Airways destinations, namely Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi and Pune. Additionally, the BA code will also be put on Vistara flights between Mumbai and Amritsar, and Chennai and Kolkata.
Sanjiv Kapoor, Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, said: “We are delighted to extend our existing interline and through check-in partnership with British Airways to a codeshare agreement. This partnership reaffirms our commitment to taking India’s finest airline brand beyond Indian borders, and it gives us the opportunity of welcoming travellers from around the world to experience the ‘new feeling of flying’ in India with Vistara. We share a lot in common with British Airways, key among which is our focus on delighting customers. We are confident that our respective customers will truly enjoy the reciprocal benefits of this collaboration.”
Rishi Kapoor, British Airways’ head of alliances, said: “We have been flying to India for more than 90 years, so it is incredibly exciting for us to be able announce this partnership with such a well-respected carrier. We have been wanting to expand our network in the region for some time and to have Vistara on board is great news for our customers and for companies based in these important cities. Whether it’s soaking up the beaches in Goa, India’s sunshine state; exploring Kochi, Kerala’s colourful city; or taking in the temples and culture of Amritsar, this partnership opens up a whole new range of destinations for holidaymakers, too.”
The codeshare flights will offer convenient connections to and from the seven daily flights that British Airways already operates to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bengaluru directly from London Heathrow. Vistara flights operate from the same terminals as British Airways at Delhi (T3) and Mumbai (T2), making connections at these airports convenient and seamless.
British Airways customers travelling on Vistara will enjoy complimentary meals and will be able to choose between three different cabins, including India’s only ‘premium economy’ class. As part of the codeshare agreement, British Airways Executive Club members can also collect Avios and earn tier points when booking on BA-coded Vistara flights.
As the highest-rated Indian airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, and winner of several best-in-industry awards, Vistara has consistently raised the bar for operations and service standards in the Indian aviation market in a short span of less than four years. The airline today serves 22 destinations with over 800 flights a week and a fleet of 22 aircraft. Recently, Vistara expressed its intent to order a combination of purchased and leased aircraft totalling 50 from the Airbus A320neo family (including the A321neo), as well as six purchased Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.