Thursday, September 07, 2017

Vistara to fly abroad after next March, place order for wide body planes

New Delhi: Full service Indian carrier Vistara will launch international operations anytime next year after March. The Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines JV will have 20 planes in its fleet by March 2018, three months ahead of earlier planned schedule to meet this cutoff for Indian airlines to fly abroad. The airline will fly long and medium haul to places like Japan as it plans to induct wide body aircraft in its fleet, apart from places close to India in the range of narrow body planes like its Airbus A-320.
Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeo said: "We are very close to finalizing our plans for international operations. Vistara will fly to places like Japan as that is a very important market. We are very excited by the aircraft order (the airline will place) to support our aggressive overseas plan. At this stage, I cannot share the aircraft type and how many wide and narrow body we will need for our plan. Or how soon will we fly abroad. We will make all these announcements very shortly."
At present, only full service Air India and Jet Airways have medium and long haul international operations. IndiGo and SpiceJet use their fleet of narrow body planes for flying to neighbouring places like Gulf and Southeast Asia. These two budget carriers are eyeing long haul flights on wide body planes, with IndiGo expressing its interest in acquiring AI and AI Express.
07/09/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India