Indian carrier Vistara and United Airlines have expand their association with an agreement that enables United to codeshare on Vistara-operated Indian domestic flights.
By the agreement, United Airlines will add its ‘UA’ designator code to more than 20 Vistara-operated flights each day opening up more than 20 destinations to United customers, including but not limited to Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor said: “We’re very happy to take our association with United Airlines to the next level with this codeshare agreement.
“This alliance will help us offer a vast global network to our customers and give us the chance of welcoming travelers from across the world to experience Vistara’s award-winning hospitality and service in India.
“Both United and Vistara are focused on providing seamless and hassle-free experience to customers, and we are confident that our respective customers will truly enjoy the benefits of this collaboration.”
“United Airlines has served India from our New York/Newark hub for more than 14 years and in December of this year will begin operating new non-stop service between San Francisco and New Delhi,” said John Gebo, United’s senior vice president of alliances.
“We are pleased to enter into this new alliance agreement with Vistara to offer our customers traveling between the United States and India seamless access to more destinations throughout India,” he added.
Vistara now connects 24 destinations and operates over 1200 flights a week with a fleet of 23 Airbus A320 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. The airline has flown more than 15 million customers since starting operations in 2015.
Last year, Vistara placed its aircraft order of a combination of purchased and leased aircraft totalling 50 from the Airbus A320neo family (including the A321neo) for domestic India as well as short and medium-haul international operations, with deliveries scheduled between 2019 and 2023.
Additionally, the airline has purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2021 and will be used for long-haul international operations.