Thursday, September 07, 2017

Vistara, Japan Airlines to explore 'commercial opportunities'

Vistara will soon finalise plans for international operations, its chief Phee Teik Yeoh said today as it announced plan to jointly explore "commercial opportunities", including code share partnership, with Japan Airlines.

A joint venture between the Tatas and Singapore Airlines, the full-service carrier Vistara began commercial operations in January 2015 and has a fleet of 16 aircraft. The number of planes is expected to increase to 20 by March and 22 by June next year.

Under Indian regulations, an airline can fly overseas once it has a fleet of 20 aircraft -- a criterion that would be fulfilled by Vistara by March 2018. Yeoh said the airline is very close to unveiling plans for international operations, adding that Japan is on the radar. "Japan is on our radar.

The question is how, and how many frequencies we start with, what type of aircraft... these are work in progress and we are very close to finalising," the CEO of Vistara told reporters here. Seeking to expand its collaboration with Japan Airlines, both carriers today entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
07/09/17 moneycontrol