Vistara and British Airways recently signed a codeshare agreement, further deepening their already 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 8 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.
Sales under the codeshare agreement open today on all channels and major GDS systems for flights starting September 27, 2018.
Commenting on this milestone partnership, 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 take 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, Head of Alliances, British Airways, said, “We have been flying to India for more than 90 years, so it is incredibly exciting for us to be able to announce this partnership with such a well-respected carrier. We have been wanting to expand our network in the region for some time now, and to have Vistara on board is a great news for our customers and for companies based in these important cities. Whether it’s soaking up the beaches in Goa, exploring Kochi, or enjoying the 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.