Friday, September 08, 2017

Vistara foreign trip plan

New Delhi: Vistara, the two-year old Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture, will launch international flights from the summer of 2018.

"We will reach the fleet strength of 20 aircraft by March next year... this will allow us to start international operations," said Phee Teik Yeoh, chief executive officer of Vistara.

Sources said the full-service carrier planned to launch flights to the US, Europe, Southeast Asia and east Asia.
The airline, at present, has a fleet of 16 aircraft, including three A320 Neos.

The airline has placed orders for another half-a-dozen aircraft, of which four will come by March and the rest in June.

Indian rules allow any local airline with a fleet size of 20 to fly abroad. An earlier rule requiring a minimum of five years of flying experience had been relaxed after airlines pointed out that start-up foreign carriers were allowed to fly to the country.

"We are very close to finalising our plans for international operations ... We are yet to decide on the fleet, when and where (to start international operations)... I will say please stay tuned in," said Yeoh.
08/09/17 Jayanta Roy Chowdhury/Telegraph