Friday, August 24, 2018

Vistara to start international operations by end of 2018, says CEO Leslie Thng

Leslie Thng, who was brought onboard by Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture Vistara as chief executive officer in October last year, has been mandated to strengthen the carrier’s domestic operations and take it international. In an interview with Shahkar Abidi, Thng talks about the airline’s future plans, introduction of ‘Lite’ fares and Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

What are Vistara’s short term and medium term plans?

We aim to start our international operations, subject to necessary approvals, before the end of this year, with destinations within the range of our Airbus A320neo aircraft. As we induct more aircraft in our fleet from the Airbus A320/A321neo family starting next year, we will densify our domestic network and expand on other international routes. Our wide-body aircraft are scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2021, during which time we plan to further expand our international operations on medium and long-haul routes.

Why is Vistara’s aircraft order conservative in comparison to its peers?
I wouldn’t call a commitment of 56 aircraft, including those on lease, which are scheduled to be delivered in a period of five years, conservative. In fact, it reflects a very strong growth ambition. Our approach to business from day one has been to achieve measured growth.
24/08/18 Shahkar Abidi/ZeeBiz
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