Thursday, March 18, 2021

Vistara Reportedly Seeks Boeing 787 Crew Rest Area For Longer Flights

Vistara is reportedly in talks with Boeing to modify its upcoming 787s to include a crew rest area. The area would make more long-haul routes possible with space for a backup crew and will extend the 787-9’s range. Let’s find out more about where Vistara could fly with a crew rest area.

According to Mint, Vistara is currently working with Boeing to possibly add crew rest areas to some of the four 787-9s remaining for delivery. This would allow the Dreamliner to fly to its maximum range and includes routes to the US (East and West coast), Canada, Australia, and many more.

Vistara intends on completing its 787 order by the end of the year, which means it could have the ability to fly longer routes fairly soon. Data from shows that three 787-9s have been produced (VT-TSH, -TSN, and one unregistered) and will be delivered in the coming months.

Using the 787-9 on ultra-long-haul routes is certainly not a novel idea. From Qantas’ Perth to London routes and American’s upcoming Bangalore to Seattle flight, the 787 can easily some of the longest flights in the world. On all these flights, a crew rest area is needed to house the backup pilots and cabin staff who will take over halfway through.

While Vistara could fly anywhere from Auckland to Chicago, there are a few unique destinations it could be eying. The first would be direct flights to the US, which will become a possibility with a crew rest. Routes like Delhi/Mumbai to New York or San Francisco are all popular with passengers and are seeing growing connectivity.

Vistara is also yet to expand its long-haul footprint beyond Frankfurt and London due to restrictions. This means flights to Australia could be on the cards too, especially considering there is only one direct option available (Air India). However, border closures mean routes to East Asia (Japan, China, etc.) and Australasia will be the last to reopen.

18/03/21 Pranjal Pande/Simple Flying

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