Vistara being the finest full-service carrier of domestic aviation, is planning to lease out slots at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The joint aviation venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines have been planning this long-haul route from a long time. The flying plan of Vistara has been the topic of discussion under airline insiders. Not only this, Vistara is planning to fly out in the Stansted airport in order to grow their international market cap and maintain the position of the finest full-service carrier of India.
Vistara Plans to Expand Internationally
Vistara has been making compounded expansion and is one of the growing full-service carriers in India. While reporting the story, an unnamed source stated that “Since getting slots at such an occupied airport is rare, Vistara, in order to expand internationally, is planning to take slots on lease. Along with Heathrow Airport, the carrier is also planning to get Stansted Airport under their working operations.” One of the prime reasons for long haul flights by Vistara is backed up by the delivery of their first four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s in 2020
Vistara Will Face Competition from Other Airlines
Currently, Vistara operates approximately 5 % out of its capacity in international destinations. Once they start operating in Heathrow Airport, the carrier will face competition from British Airways and Air India. Similar to Vistara, Air India is planning to fly from Mumbai to Stansted Airport at least 3 times per week by the end of February 2020. Adding to the competition, British Airways flies to Heathrow Airport from various destinations in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other prominent terminals. In order to sustain the competition and give passengers the taste of carrier’s hospitality, Vistara has ordered 50 Airbus A320 Neos of which 13 will come directly from Toulouse and 37 from lessors.