The full-service carrier Vistara will provide services to Thailand and Nepal by December 2019. The airline is expected to deploy capacity to Bangkok and Kathmandu after starting operations to Dubai.
The airline is already commencing its international services by August 6, 2019, with flights to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai. Following its Singapore service, Vistara will also launch operations to Dubai from August 21, 2019.
Besides establishing direct services, Vistara has also announced codeshare arrangements with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, British Airways, Japan Airlines and United Airlines.
“We will soon add more international destinations within the range of our existing fleet. We will further expand on medium and long-haul routes as, and when we receive suitable aircraft from the order, we placed last year,” a Senior Vistara official said.
“The start of our international operations and our partnerships with airlines across the globe also gives us more flexibility to feed traffic on to our domestic network,” the official said.
On the domestic front, Vistara plans to add more frequency of flights to its existing service routes. The airline added 60 new flights to and from Mumbai and Delhi in June 2019. The addition increased the domestic network of Vistara by 50%.
Parallel to its expansion on routes, Vistara also plans to extend its fleet size. The airline placed order 50 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family. These aircraft that will be delivered between 2019 and 2023 will be used for short and medium-haul international operations. A few may be used for the domestic market as well. For global long-haul services, Vistara has purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2021.
Vistara currently connects 26 destinations, operates over 1,200 flights a week served by a fleet of 23 Airbus A320 and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. It has flown more than 16 million customers since the start of operations in 2015. The full-service carrier has also added two international destinations Dubai and Singapore to its routes.