- Vistara plans to add more international routes in the coming months as the size of its fleet grows.
- The airline has added several international flights to its network over the past few months, particularly from Mumbai.
- The merger between Vistara and Air India is currently underway, after which the Vistara brand will disappear.
Vistara has decided not to order new aircraft as it prepares to merge with Air India, but there are still a few deliveries pending. The airline continues to add new routes to its network, and at a recent route launch event its CEO said it will add more international routes in the coming months as the size of its fleet grows with the introduction of new aircraft. He said it was planned.
New overseas routes
Vistara recently celebrated its maiden flight between New Delhi and Hong Kong. The airline plans to fly this route daily using Airbus A321neo aircraft, and at an event held in Hong Kong to mark the occasion, Vistara CEO Vinod Kanan said the airline’s international ambitions Announced further latest information.
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According to Bloomberg, Cannan said Vistara would continue to add more international routes in the coming months, even as its stint as an independent airline is coming to an end. He also added that the new aircraft, which will be delivered in the near future, will be used primarily for international operations. Bloomberg quotes Canaan as saying:
“We will continue to expand internationally and we feel demand will continue to grow. We expect to open two to three more new routes in the first quarter of next year.”
Vistara’s international flights seem to be doing well. Mr Kannan was pleased that the first flight to Hong Kong was more than 90% full and that demand for November looked solid. The Delhi-Hong Kong flight is one of the many international flights launched or announced by airlines in the past few months.
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In December, Vistara became the only airline to offer direct flights between Delhi and Bali using its new Airbus A321LR aircraft, and will soon launch flights between Mumbai and Frankfurt, adding to the existing Delhi-Frankfurt service. We plan to add more. It has also recently started operating flights between Delhi and the Maldives.
The airline has received a lot of love for its international operations, especially in Mumbai. It currently flies from Mumbai to destinations around the world including Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Dubai, Jeddah, London Heathrow, Male, Mauritius, Muscat and Singapore.
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Vistara currently has five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in its fleet, one of which is on lease. The company initially ordered six of these aircraft from Boeing, and the phased introduction will allow the company to expand its European operations, including increasing flights on Delhi-Frankfurt and Delhi-Paris, and launching a new Mumbai-London service. was able to expand.
Merged with Air India
The merger of Vistara and Air India is currently underway. However, until the deal is formalized, both airlines will continue to operate as separate entities. Vistara began operations in his January 2015. Since then, its fleet has expanded to 63 aircraft and it is now the second-largest airline in terms of domestic market share. By the end of this year, Vistara’s international flights will account for nearly 40% of its operations.
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Although the Vistara brand will disappear with the merger with Air India, its operating procedures may be applicable to Air India. Both airlines are already working on integrating their workforce, and the Tata Group is working to ensure the new Air India reaches the same standards as Vistara.
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