Mumbai: Vistara, the airline promoted by a joint venture of Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd, has signed inter-line agreements with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.

In a statement on Monday, Vistara said is working on inter-line sales agreements and other partnerships with a few major international airlines.

An inter-line agreement refers to a pact to issue and accept tickets for flights that are operated by the partner airlines. When selling an inter-line ticket, the operating airline’s own flight numbers are used.

On the contrary, in the case of code-share agreement, another form of business alliance, refers to a pact of marketing and selling the flights of another airline as it they were the airline’s own flights.

A code-share agreement always consist of two partner airlines—the operating airline and one marketing airline that places its own flight number on the partner’s operated flights.

Vistara will start operations on 9 January with Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad-Mumbai as its initial routes.

Vistara on Monday also unveiled its tagline—Fly the new Feeling— encouraging its potential customers to explore the product and feel the difference.

Vistara’s 148-seater Airbus A320-200 will offer three cabin classes—business (16 seats), premium economy (36 seats), and economy (96 seats).

In 2000, Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines abandoned a joint attempt to buy a 40% stake in full service airline Air India—an airline which the group founded as Tata Airlines in the 1930s before it was nationalized in 1953.

Political resistance and corporate rivalries were blamed for the Tata group abandoning the project. An earlier attempt by the two companies to start an Indian airline with 40% equity contribution by Singapore Airlines was also aborted.

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