Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vistara has high hopes of expansion in UAE

India’s youngest airline Vistara hopes its tie-up with Sharaf Travel will boost domestic ticket sales in the GCC and eventually lead to a route to the UAE.

The Dubai company will sell tickets for the airline in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, it announced last month.

The full-service carrier is also eyeing expansion abroad, with the UAE high on its wish list. But that would require a relaxation of existing rules which require that Indian carriers must complete five years of service before they can fly on international routes and have at least 20 aircraft.

Vistara has a fleet of six Airbus A320s. It will add two more by December and four aircraft next year. In 2018, it would take delivery of its 20th aircraft. Vistara expects to tap primarily corporate and business travellers in India.

Vistara is a joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines.
14/09/15 Sananda Sahoo/National
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