Friday, September 10, 2021

Vistara’s flight to US on hold due to pending approval from FAA

Earlier this year, Vistara, an Indian full-service airline from Tata and SIA Airlines, announced that it will be the only second airline to fly to the United States, apart from India’s national carrier Air India.

However, this ambitious plan has been delayed due to a global halt in deliveries of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet pending approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A senior Vistara official said the carrier will have to wait for additional Dreamliners to be able to start US operations as its existing lot of two 787 planes have been deployed on other international and domestic sectors.

“We have received approvals for US flights. But we will have to see when we can receive the third aircraft, and only after that can we do a more comprehensive kind of expansion plan,” said Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer at Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.

“At present, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt flights, and occasional domestic and charters are using up the aircraft (Boeing 787) time,” Kannan said.

10/09/21 Indiaca News

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