Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Vistara keen on partnerships to boost offerings

Mumbai: Getting into airline partnerships, boosting its domestic network to have a robust feed, creating more hubs in India and outside are what Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines (SIA) joint venture Vistara is focusing on as it plans to fly international on the regional short haul routes by the second half of this year and on launching its medium and long haul international operations from 2020 onwards, Leslie Thng, CEO, Vistara, told FE.

Vistara announced an order for 56 Airbus and Boeing aircraft worth $3.1 billion last week which, Thng says, with a mix of narrow and widebody aircraft type, fits the airline’s international expansion strategy perfectly both for the regional short haul routes and the long haul and medium haul flights, at least till 2021.

Vistara will take deliveries of all its 56 Airbus A320neos within the next four to five years and the deliveries for its Boeing 787 or the Dreamliner will start from 2020 till 2021 and this is when it plans on launching the medium to long haul flights that are more than seven hours of flying time. “The narrowbody fulfills our commitment to continue serving on the domestic and regional short-haul markets (three to five hours from India), domestic market and also provide the connectivity and the leverage for partnership with other airlines,” Thng said.
17/07/18 Financial Express