Vistara, a premium full-service airline owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, won’t be able to operate flights to the United States (US) any time soon. Had Vistara flew to the US, it would have become the second airline in India to fly to the destination. But the airline’s plans have hit a snag. According to a Livemint report, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not given its approval for the deliveries of 787 Dreamliner jets to Boeing. Till the time the approval from FAA doesn’t come, Vistara will have to wait for getting the additional Dreamliner from Boeing.
Vistara Can Only Fly With Boeing 787 Dreamliners to the US
Every aircraft has a different kind of capacity. For Vistara, it is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that can fly directly to the US. The airline doesn’t have any other aircraft in its arsenal to operate direct flights to the US with.
Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara, said, “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.”
“At present, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt flights, and occasional domestic and charters are using up the aircraft (Boeing 787) time,” Kannan said.
Currently, Vistara has 48 aircraft in its fleet. This includes 37 Airbus A320, 3 Airbus A321neo, 6 Boeing 737-800NG, and 2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The airline has placed a firm order of six 787-9 Dreamliners with Boeing and also has the option to add four more aircraft to its order. But Vistara can’t receive the delivery of the Dreamliner until the FAA approves.
According to other reports online, the deliveries of 787-9 Dreamliners won’t happen until October at least. This means that Vistara will have to wait for even more before it can fly directly to the US and become the second Indian airline to do so.