Tuesday, February 06, 2018

IndiGo, Vistara apply for global rights to spread wings

New Delhi:  The two potential bidders for Air India — IndiGo and Tata-Singapore Airlines (SIA) JV Vistara — have applied for international rights to spread their wings. IndiGo, which has been flying its single-aisle A-320s to neighbouring countries, has now sought clearance to operate wide-body aircraft to a large number of European sectors like London (Gatwick), Manchester, Birmingham, Brussels, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Madrid and points in France and Germany.
Vistara wants to start international operations using its A-320s to a number of places in Gulf and southeast Asia like Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai. The proposed routes given by IndiGo to aviation ministry for clearance include connecting metros to the European cities with daily to twice-a-daily flights on several sectors.
However, both the airlines' plans — which they hope to start implementing this year itself— hinge on whether they bid for AI and if the same is successful or not. Since AI has almost 50 widebody planes, the airline which gets the Maharaja, will not have to place order for twin-aisle planes for their medium-to longhaul flights. As a result, neither Vistara nor IndiGo have so far placed order for widebody planes.
06/02/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India