United Airlines has announced that it has entered into a new codeshare agreement with Vistara. Passengers of the Chicago-based airline will be able to book on 68 Vistara-operated flights to 26 Indian destinations from February 28th.
According to a United press release, the agreement will simplify the experience for customers planning travel throughout India. The deal takes the existing loyalty program agreement that the two airlines have to the next level. Currently, MileagePlus and Vistara’s loyalty program members can build and use miles when flying on either of the carriers’ routes.
The Haryana-based carrier only commenced operations in 2015 following a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. Within five years, the airline already serves over 30 destinations.
United senior Vice President of Alliances John Gebo shared his delight of the partnership. He said that it will allow passengers of both airlines to plan their travel more effectively.
“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.”
United joins the likes of British Airways, SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Lufthansa with codeshare agreements with the Indian carrier. Altogether, Vistara has partnerships with strong airlines in key regions. These agreements will help the airline increase its network in several segments across the globe.
Vistara COO Vinod Kannan spoke proudly of the new developments. He is eager for his airline to connect passengers throughout India with its five-star offering. The operator flies with 32 Airbus A320s and seven Boeing 737-800s. However, it is expecting to add more than 50 widebody and narrowbody planes to its fleet in the next three years.
The United States and India are continuing to develop strong economic ties with each other. Therefore, the demand for flights between the two countries will continue to grow. With the pair having so many business hubs pocketed around each nation, the need for domestic flights will also grow for foreign passengers.
Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, and Varanasi are some of the destinations that United’s customers will be able to travel to via the codeshare.
Altogether, United has managed to sell up its services to India from the US by offering easier connections in the country. The airline recently operated its first flight to New Delhi from San Francisco. Ultimately, this codeshare agreement further highlights United’s intent of growing its presence within the nation.
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