Vis­tara signs code­share agree­ment with Sin­ga­pore Airlines and SilkAir

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Sin­ga­pore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir have signed an agree­ment to code­share on In­dian do­mes­tic flights op­er­ated by Vis­tara, ef­fec­tive March 14. This means, all SIA and SilkAir pas­sen­gers will now be is­sued tick­ets that go be­yond the cities at which these car­ri­ers land.

Phee TeikYeoh, Vis­tara’s CEO says, “We are de­lighted to es­tab­lish our first code­share part­ner­ship with Sin­ga­pore Airlines and SilkAir. As we con­tin­u­ously work towards even­tu­ally be­com­ing a glob­ally renowned air­line, code­share part­ner­ships will play a very im­por­tant role in help­ing us get closer to re­al­is­ing that as­pi­ra­tion.”

Un­der the agree­ment, SIA will add the SQ code to its Vis­tara-op­er­ated flights from Mum­bai and Delhi to ten In­dian cities, namely Ahmed­abad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Goa, Guwahati, Hy­der­abad, Luc­know, Kochi, Kolkata and Port Blair. SIA also flies di­rectly from Sin­ga­pore to Ahmed­abad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, but doesn’t have code­share flights from these cities.

SilkAir will add the MI code to its Vis­tara-op­er­ated flights from Bengaluru and Kolkata to six In­dian des­ti­na­tions, namely Guwahati, Hy­der­abad, Kochi, Mum­bai, New Delhi and Port Blair. SilkAir di­rectly con­nects Sin­ga­pore to Bengaluru, Chennai, Coim­bat­ore, Hy­der­abad, Kochi and Kolkata, but doesn’t have code­share flights from these cities.

This is the first of its kind agree­ment for all three airlines — the first code­share agree­ment for Vis­tara and the first code­share agree­ment for the SIA group (SIA and SilkAir) with an In­dian-based do­mes­tic car­rier.

Tan Kai Ping, SIA’s se­nior VP of mar­ket­ing plan­ning says, “Through the new code­share agree­ment, both SIA and SilkAir are able to ex­pand our net­work reach in the im­por­tant In­dia mar­ket, pro­vid­ing our cus­tomers even more travel op­tions and en­hanced KrisF­lyer ben­e­fits.”

As a re­sult of the code­share part­ner­ship, mem­bers of KrisF­lyer and Club Vis­tara will en­joy ad­di­tional tier ben­e­fits. A re­lease by Vis­tara ex­plains that SIA group’s “KrisF­lyer Elite Gold and PPS Club 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 SIA­op­er­ated flights. PPS Club and KrisF­lyer mem­bers will earn Elite miles when trav­el­ling on SIA code­share flights op­er­ated by Vis­tara”. KrisF­lyer mem­bers can also re­deem their miles for Vis­tara flights, and vice versa.

Vis­tara is a New Delhi-based joint ven­ture be­tween Tata Sons and SIA. It marked its sec­ond an­niver­sary of op­er­a­tions on Jan­uary 9, 2017. airvis­; sin­ga­pore­;

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