Friday, December 17, 2021

Vistara Hopes To Take Delivery Of 4 Boeing 787s Next Year

Vistara’s Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan expects Boeing to deliver the airline’s remaining 787 Dreamliners sometime next year. The Indian carrier has pinned its hopes on the 787s for international long-haul expansion and has had to delay certain routes because of a lack of more widebody aircraft. Kannan, however, is hopeful that more Dreamliners will join the carrier’s fleet in 2022, according to Boeing’s revised schedule.

In 2018, Vistara ordered 19 airplanes from both Airbus and Boeing, six of which were firm orders for the 787-9 Dreamliners with the option of buying four more from the 787 series. The airline received its first 787 in March 2020 when COVID-19 had already begun to tighten its grip on many countries and sent chills across the aviation sector.

Despite the pandemic, the carrier remained committed to its overseas expansion program, launching flights to many destinations including the UK, Germany, France, and, for a short while, to Japan. But interestingly enough, it hasn’t been COVID to hamper Vistara’s network expansion but production delays of the 787 itself.

Vistara was supposed to receive the remaining planes this year, but they’re now scheduled to leave the Boeing factory sometime next year. Mint recently quoted Kannan expressing hopes of inducting the remaining Dreamliners according to the new schedule,

“We are hoping to get four Boeing 787 planes during 2022. According to the original schedule, these planes were supposed to be delivered to Vistara in 2021. However, this was delayed for various reasons.”

17/12/21 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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