United Airlines' codeshare with Vistara comes into effect

21 Feb 2020 by Seher Asaf
United A321XLR

United Airlines and Indian carrier Vistara have launched a codeshare agreement, allowing United customers to book travel on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 destinations throughout India for travel beginning February 28.

The carriers signed the codeshare in June 2019.

Passengers travelling with United from its domestic hubs in New York Newark and San Francisco to the Indian cities of Mumbai and New Delhi will be able to further connect to 26 destinations in India, with United’s UA code added on more than 20 Vistara flights.

Some of the 26 destinations throughout India include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, GoaHyderabad, Jodhpur, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, and Varanasi.

The codeshare expands on the agreement between the airlines in which members of both Mileage Plus (United’s rewards programme) and Vistara’s loyalty programme earn and redeem miles when flying on either of the airline’s route network.

“We are excited to offer our shared customers the option of building a seamless itinerary when planning travel to cities beyond New Delhi and Mumbai,” said John Gebo, United’s senior vice president of Alliances.

“United has connected customers to India for more than 15 years with daily flights between New York/Newark and Delhi and Mumbai and our new service between San Francisco and New Delhi. Our relationship with Vistara opens up even more options for customers to travel between our East and West Coast hubs and multiple destinations throughout India,” he added.

Launched in 2015, Vistara is a joint venture between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Indian company Tata Sons with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51 per cent in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49 per cent.

Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vinod Kannan said: “Vistara today connects the length and breadth of India, and we are delighted to offer the country’s only five-star flying experience to customers of United on their Indian domestic flights. The US continues to be one of the biggest source markets for foreign travellers into India and the region, and this partnership allows us to provide a seamless travel offering for customers to and from the US.”

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