Thursday, July 12, 2018

Vistara may become first airline since 2011 to start foreign ops, orders 19 planes

New Delhi: With the launch of its international operations planned for later this year, Tata-Singapore Airlines joint-venture airline Vistara has agreed to order 13 aircraft of the Airbus A320neo family and six wide-bodied Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes. This sets the stage for Vistara to become the first Indian carrier to launch foreign flights since budget airline IndiGo did in 2011. Currently, Vistara has a fleet of 21 aircraft, making it eligible to fly abroad under the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016. Earlier, along with a fleet of at least 20 aircraft, airlines also needed to complete five years of domestic operations to begin international flights.

Apart from Vistara, GoAir has also been eligible for flying international but the airline has delayed its plans so far. The only other carrier with similar plans is another Tata Sons joint-venture airline AirAsia India, which currently has a fleet of 18 aircraft, making it ineligible so far.

In the statement announcing the orders valued at around $3.1 billion, Vistara said that the letter of intent signed with Airbus comprises 13 firm-ordered A320neo and A321neo aircraft, as well as options for seven more aircraft from the A320neo family. In addition, the airline would lease another 37 new A320neo-family aircraft from leasing companies. Together, Vistara will be adding a total of 50 A320neo-family aircraft into its existing fleet
12/07/18 Indian Express

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