Thursday, June 18, 2020

Vistara in talks with US aircraft maker Boeing to defer deliveries of 787-900 Dreamliner planes

Mumbai: Tata-SIA-owned Vistara is in talks with the US aircraft maker Boeing to defer the deliveries of 787-900 (Dreamliner) planes as air travel demand is unlikely to rebound to the pre-COVID level before 2023, a source has said.

The airline inducted one such plane in the fleet in February and one is expected to be delivered next week out of its order for six 787-900 planes. The delivery of six 787s was scheduled between 2020 and 2021.

Vistara has also preponed the returning of leased planes of erstwhile Jet Airways from the earlier schedule of phasing them out by 2022-23, the source said, adding that airlines globally reworking and strategising their business plans, including fleet and network plans.

International airlines grouping IATA and global airports body ACI have warned that the airline industry faces a bleak outlook. They have urged governments world over to continue providing relief measures as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

After the resumption of domestic air services from May 25, Indian carriers are struggling to fill the seats with five carriers -- Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and AirAsia-- reporting an average 50 per cent seat occupancy in the month.
17/06/20 PTI/India TV
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