Indian domestic and international carrier Vistara Airlines has signed a codeshare pact with German international airlines Lufthansa. It is the 6th agreement Vistara has struck with an international airline as the Indian domestic carrier is looking forward to expand its overseas reach. This agreement makes Vistara, only the second Indian carrier after Air India to have a codeshare agreement with Lufthansa.
As part of the agreement, Lufthansa plans to add LH designator code to nearly 18 Vistara operated flights covering a total of 10 Indian cities.
A statement released from Vistara on Monday said that the two airlines are planning to expand the scope of their reach by enabling frequent fliers from both the airlines to earn miles/ points when traveling in each other’s network.
Codesharing allows the passengers of a carrier to travel with its partner carriers to destinations where they do not have reach. Apart from the megacities of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai the codeshare agreement will also cover Ahmedabad, Bangaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi and Pune.
Vistara, which began its operations in January 2015, has five previous Codesharing agreements with – British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, United Airlines and Japan Airlines. Overall Vistara has 27 interline partnerships with other airlines.
Lufthansa in an official statement said that it has entered into a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Vistara. Lufthansa Airlines serves 270 destinations in 105 countries, offering 11,000 weekly frequencies. Vistara, on the other hand, operates more than 200 flights, connecting 34 destinations. Vistara is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.