Vistara, the full-service carrier which is the joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines has expanded its fleet and network both by 1.5 times in the last seven months. The full- carrier has also set the goal of expanding its fleet size by twice the amount of the current number of aircrafts by the end of this year. It is worth noting that Vistara had 23 destinations to its name at the beginning of the financial year and with the new update, Vistara has noted that the number of destinations has gone up to 34 for the full-service carrier. Not only this, Vistara has also started international operations in this time too and it has noted that it plans to further include multiple destinations and also beef up the frequency of the flights. In the last seven months, Vistara has added Bangkok (Thailand), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dibrugarh, Dubai (UAE), Indore, Jodhpur, Khajuraho, Patna, Singapore, Thiruvananthapuram and Udaipur to its network.
Vistara Flight Expansion Plan Set in Motion
About the new expansion plans, Leslie Thng, Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer, says, “Network expansion is one of our top business priorities at present and we are proud to have recorded significant progress on this front by adding 11 new destinations in India and abroad in the current financial year so far. With our fleet expansion, we will continue to grow our domestic and international network, including the commencement of medium and long haul international flights in 2020.”
Airline to Also Receive Wide Body Aircraft
Currently, Vistara is operating 1,400 flights per week which 70% more than the flights which it was operating at the start of March 2019. Also, last year Vistara has placed an order for 50 Airbus A320neo aircrafts including the A321neo. These planes will be delivered by 2023 to Vistara and a part of the order has already been received by Vistara which includes three new A320neo aircrafts. Some of the new features in the cabin include in-seat power outlets, USB charging ports and PED holders. The carrier has said in its release that it will induct six more A320neos by December 2019 after which Vistara will get two of the six wide-body aircraft it ordered last year, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and one Airbus A321neo between January and March 2020.