Vistara, a leading Indian airline, recently announced a code share agreement with United Airlines, a major American airline. The agreement was inked on March 22, 2021, and it will enable both airlines to expand their networks and offer their customers more travel options.
Under the agreement, Vistara will be able to place its ‘UK’ designator code on United Airlines’ flights between Delhi and Newark/New York, as well as on its flights between Mumbai and Newark/New York. This will allow Vistara’s customers to book tickets to these destinations on United Airlines’ flights, giving them access to United’s extensive network in North America.
Similarly, United Airlines will be able to place its ‘UA’ designator code on Vistara’s flights between Delhi and Mumbai, as well as on its flights between Delhi and Chennai/Bengaluru. This will enable United’s customers to book tickets to these destinations on Vistara’s flights, giving them access to Vistara’s domestic network in India.
The code share agreement is expected to benefit both airlines by increasing their revenue and occupancy rates. It will also offer their customers more convenience and flexibility when travelling between India and the United States.
Commenting on the agreement, Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer of Vistara, said, “This partnership further strengthens Vistara’s international portfolio, giving our customers more options to travel between the US and India. As we consistently enhance and grow our network, we continue to seek strategic partnerships that will help us offer even more choices and convenience to our customers.”
Similarly, Ankit Gupta, Vice President of United Airlines’ Domestic Network Planning, said, “We are excited to collaborate with Vistara and offer our customers seamless access to more destinations in India. This relationship is a testament to our commitment to our customers and our willingness to work with partners that share our values and standards of excellence.”
In conclusion, the code share agreement between Vistara and United Airlines is a significant development for both airlines, as well as for customers travelling between India and the United States. It demonstrates the importance of strategic partnerships in the aviation industry, and it is expected to lead to more such partnerships in the future.