Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Rapid Expansion: India’s Vistara Keen To Add Up To 12 Destinations

Indian full-service carrier Vistara took off in 2015 and began international service in 2019. Some ten international destinations will be served this winter, most under ‘bubble’ agreements, while the US edges closer. Vinod Kannan, Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Executive designate, told Routes that it expects to add 10-12 additional destinations soon.

In 2020, Vistara added eight aircraft: four A320neos, two A321neos, and two B787-9s. However, it returned four older A320ceos, so net fleet growth of four aircraft. Kannan reaffirmed the carrier’s commitment to a 70-strong fleet in the next two years, over 55% more than it currently has. Expect more route announcements soon.

There will be a higher emphasis on all-economy aircraft to penetrate more domestic markets. Nonetheless, Kannan remained confident that “Vistara fills a void in the market as a modern Indian airline with a brand-new fleet offering a world-class travel experience.” He told Routes that:

“We are uniquely positioned with a clear competitive edge. We believe we are at par with most well-established global carriers, offering the experience of our brand-new B787-9 aircraft.”

19/10/21 James Pearson/Simple Flying

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