NEW DELHI : Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, on Tuesday said that it has entered into a code-share agreement with Singapore Airlines and its regional subsidiary SilkAir, which will allow the airline's passengers to access to about 35 destinations in Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, through its partner flights.

Code-sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on partner carriers and provide seamless travel to destinations where it has no presence.

Vistara will now add its ‘UK’ designated code to Singapore Airlines and SilkAir-operated flights beyond Singapore to various cities in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, Vistara said in a statement adding that code sharing on flights to the United States (USA) and Japan will follow soon.

"Our code share agreement with SIA (Singapore Airlines) and SilkAir helps us to do this consistently to over 40 destinations around the world, given the high standards of product, service and operations that we share with them in common," Vistara's chief strategy officer Vinod Kannan said in a statement.

Apart from the code-share with Singapore airline and SilkAir, Vistara had earlier in June entered into a code share agreement with United Airlines, which will allow passengers of both carriers to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles.

It must however be noted that Vistara signed the code-share agreement with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir in 2017, the scope of which was expanded in August 2019 to international flights once Vistara started international operations.

The Gurgaon-headquartered airline started its international flights from August starting with Singapore. The airline is also looking to start long-haul international flights to destinations in Europe and Australia next year.

However, during 2019, Vistara will focus on growth in South-East Asia and West Asia , and look at long-haul flights only after receiving its wide body planes next year, Vistara's chief executive Leslie Thng had told Mint in August.

During July 2018, Vistara ordered 19 planes worth $3.1 billion from Airbus SE and Boeing Co. While it will use Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) planes on long-haul international routes, it will use Airbus A321 planes on medium-haul routes and Airbus A320 planes on short-haul international routes.

Vistara currently has 23 Airbus A320 and nine Boeing 737-800NG aircraft fleet, according to its website.

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