Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Vistara to fly international in second half of 2018: COO

Mumbai: Vistara plans to start international flights in the second half of 2018, its chief operating officer said Wednesday.

The airline is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.

Vistara will first start short haul flights and then go long haul with widebodied planes, Sanjiv Kapoor said at the CAPA India Aviation Summit 2017. CAPA-Centre for Aviation is a Sydney-based consultant.

The airline now has 13 Airbus A320 planes and will get to 20 by July 2018. Indian carriers have to scale up their fleets to 20 planes in order to be considered for an international license, according to current norms. From April onwards, Vistara will start getting the A320 Neo (new engine options) plane, the upgraded version of the most popular airliner in the world.
08/02/17 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times