As part of the agreement, Lufthansa will add its ‘LH’ designator code to nearly 18 Vistara operated flights every day covering 10 Indian cities, namely Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Mumbai and Pune.
Sales under the codeshare agreement progressively open on all channels and major GDS systems for flights starting December 16, 2019.
“As a growing global carrier, one of our key goals is to offer an extended international network to our customers through such strategic associations.
Our codeshare with Lufthansa is another important step in this direction and helps us widen our customer base outside of India,” said Vistara Chief Strategy Officer Vinod Kannan.
Vistara and Lufthansa already have an Interline/ Through Check-in agreement, enabling customers to seamlessly connect from Vistara-operated domestic flights in India to Lufthansa operated flights to both of its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich and beyond.
George Ettiyil, Senior Director Sales for the Lufthansa Group Airlines in South Asia, emphasized the strategic importance of taking the existing interline agreement with Vistara to the next level:
“This marks Lufthansa’s commitment to offering its Indian customers world-class international travel experiences and enabling them to use their preferred mileage program on codeshare routes. By teaming up with Vistara we will strengthen and expand our position as the leading and most popular European airline in India – a country all set to become the third-largest aviation market in just a few years’ time “, he said.
The two airlines are planning to soon expand the scope of the agreement, enabling frequent fliers of both airlines to earn miles/points when travelling on each other’s networks and enjoy other benefits.