Vistara signs codeshare pact with SIA, SilkAir for intl flights


MUMBAI, Aug 5: Full service carrier Vistara on

Monday announced signing of a codeshare partnership with

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional arm SilkAir for

international flights ahead of the launch of services on the

overseas routes.

The domestic private carrier, which is 51 per cent

owned by Tata Sons along with 49 per cent stake of SIA,

already has a similar arrangement with the two carriers for

domestic flights.

Vistara, which commenced its air services on domestic

routes in January 2015, is all set to launch its international

operations with the maiden flight to Singapore from New Delhi

on August 6.

“Singapore Airlines (SIA) and regional subsidiary

SilkAir have signed an agreement with Vistara to expand

codesharing to international routes, Vistara said in a


The codeshare agreement, which is subject to

regulatory approvals, will be implemented over a period of

time, the airline said.

This is the first time Vistara will be codesharing

with partner airlines on international flights.

Under the expansion of an existing codeshare agreement

which covers domestic flights, SIA will add its ‘SQ’ flight

code to Vistara’s new international flights.

In addition, SIA and SilkAir will add nine new

codeshare destinations within India on Vistara-operated

flights, said the release.

With this expansion, SIA will codeshare on Vistara

flights to more than 20domestic destinations.

Similarly, Vistara will add its ‘UK’ designator code

to SIA and SilkAir-operated flights between Singapore and

eightdomestic destinations, it said.

It will codeshare on services to more than 40

destinations in the SIA and SilkAir network, the release said.

“We are further expanding the codeshare agreement with

SIA and SilkAir to international flights. We’re happy to

deepen this strategic partnership which means a more seamless

services from India to destinations across Asia, Oceania and

the United States,” Vistaras chief strategy officer Vinod

Kannan said.

“Vistara is an important partner for SIA and SilkAir.

This expansion of our codeshare agreement provides our

customers with more travel options to and from India, SIA’s

senior vice president, marketing planning, Tan Kai Ping, said.