Air Canada’s Aeroplan has announced today that they are adding a new partner airline: Vistara, a full-service Indian airline (owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines) that serves destinations within India and a handful of other Asian destinations. The good news is that Vistara flights can be combined with those on other partner airlines and without fuel surcharges.
This doesn’t seem like huge news at the moment given the current state of travel, but particularly with the new Aeroplan award chart that includes India within the same region as Europe, this will add connectivity options to reach quite a few destinations should you be looking to piece together a bit more reach.
You will of course also be able to earn miles on paid Vistara flights as per this chart (though not elite-qualifying miles):
Again, this is only mildly interesting at the moment, but it certainly may become useful. In addition to destinations within India, Vistara served Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Nepal in the past. Loyalty Lobby says that they intend to also serve London in the future.