British Airways has partnered with Indian domestic carrier, Vistara, which will allow BA customers to access Vistara’s domestic route network. As part of the agreement, from September 27, customers will be able to book seats on Vistara flights to destinations across India from Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi. British Airways operates two direct flights a day to Mumbai from Heathrow, a double daily service to Delhi, and a daily flight to Chennai.
The flag carrier’s passengers will now be able to visit 13 new destinations across the region such as, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and Pune, that had previously been more difficult to access from the UK.
British Airways’ head of alliances, Rishi Kapoor said: “We have been flying to India for more than 90 years, so it is incredibly exciting for us to be able announce this partnership with such a well-respected carrier. We have been wanting to expand our network in the region for some time and to have Vistara on board is great news for our customers and for companies based in these important cities.”
Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor said: “We are delighted to extend our existing interline and through check-in partnership with British Airways to a codeshare agreement. This partnership reaffirms our commitment to taking India’s finest airline brand beyond Indian borders, and it gives us the opportunity of welcoming travellers from around the world to experience the ‘new feeling of flying’ in India with Vistara.”
British Airways passengers traveling on the codeshare flights will be able to check their bags straight through to their final destination and both airlines use the same terminals at Delhi and Mumbai airports; this makes it easy for customers to connect onto domestic services.
Photo caption: Vistara has partnered with British Airways to offer BA customers access to their domestic route network. Airbus S.A.S, H. Goussé