Vistara, the TATA-Singapore Airlines Joint Venture, announced its first code share agreement today having signed the codeshare agreement with equity partner Singapore airlines (SIA) & its regional subsidiary Silk Air. The code share is in place with immediate effect.
Under the agreement, SIA will add its ‘SQ’ designator code to Vistara-operated flights beyond Mumbai and New Delhi to 10 destinations within India. These 10 destinations are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kochi, Kolkata and Port Blair
SilkAir will add its ‘MI’ designator code to Vistara-operated flights beyond Bengaluru and Kolkata to six destinations within India, which are Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi and Port Blair.
The codeshare agreement is Vistara’s first with another airline group, as well as SIA’s and SilkAir’s first with an India-based domestic carrier. Both the airlines had an interline agreement in place since December 2014 and was the first interline agreement for Vistara.
As a result of the agreement, four new destinations will be added to the SIA Group’s India network, namely Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati and Port Blair. SIA Group airlines currently serve 15 destinations in India from Singapore.
Members of SIA’s and Vistara’s frequent flyer programmes, KrisFlyer and Club Vistara, will also enjoy additional tier benefits as a result of the new codeshare partnership. PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members will enjoy lounge access, increased baggage allowance, and priority baggage handling, check-in and boarding when travelling on Vistara-operated flights. Likewise, Club Vistara Platinum and Gold members will enjoy the same benefits when travelling on SIA- operated flights. PPS Club and KrisFlyer members will also earn Elite miles when travelling on SIA codeshare flights operated by Vistara.
The codeshare flights will be progressively made available through SIA’s and SilkAir’s various booking channels. Vistara which has interline agreements with KLM, Air France, Kenya Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines and ANA could see additional code shares in near future as it further expands its network from its Delhi hub with induction of A320neo starting April.