Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Vistara plans to add more all-economy aircrafts to its fleet

Mumbai: Forum Gandhi Full-service carrier Vistara plans to add more all-economy configured aircrafts to its fleet as part of its plans to expand its reach on secondary and tertiary routes. Currently, Vistara has only three such aircrafts in its fleet, wherein the configuration is of an all-economy type.

Vistara has utilised these aircrafts on routes of tier-2 and 3 markets where the demand for business class and the premium economy cabin is low compared to metro routes.

Increasingly, Vistara has been utilising these aircrafts depending on the passenger load, especially on Ranchi, Indore, and Raipur routes.

According to sources, the airline is now planning to add more secondary market and tertiary market routes to its fleet and use the all-economy aircrafts on these routes.

In response to BusinessLine’s query, a Vistara spokesperson said, “In view of the dynamic situation due to the pandemic, we are looking at many options to efficiently cater to demand in tier 2 cities. However, we can’t confirm anything at the moment.”

In order to differentiate itself from a low-cost carrier, Vistara includes meal and lounge services even on all-economy flights.

While it is not clear whetherthat these aircraft will be leased or owned, the source said that Vistara’s parent company is extremely confident in its performance.

Earlier this year, the company’s CEO Leslie Thng said that the airline is set to have 70 aircraft in the fleet by 2023.

The airline was started in January 2015. Currently, the fleet has 36 Airbus A320s, two A321 neos, six Boeing B737-800NGs, and two B787-9 Dreamliners.

01/09/21 Business Line

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