Full-service carrier Vistara plans to launch international services in the second half of this year. A joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines, Vistara might also look at starting medium and long-haul flights, depending on approvals, amid the grounding of Jet Airways.
“We see India as a growing market. We are here for the long term,” Leslie Thng, CEO, Vistara said on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of airlines’ meeting at the IATA meeting.
Currently, Vistara has more than 22 planes and operates around 850 flights every week. Last month, the carrier announced it would take on lease four Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft and two A320 neo planes. In 2018, Vistara placed its order for purchased and leased aircraft totalling 50 from the Airbus A320neo family, including A321neos.
“We see India as a growing market”
These would be for domestic as well as short and medium-haul international operations, with deliveries scheduled between 2019 and 2023. Further, the carrier has bought six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2021. These would operate long-haul international operations.