Vistara plans to commence international services by June 2018

Vistara aims to increase its current fleet of 11 aircraft to 20 by June 2018 so that it can fly international routes. The full service carrier is one of the beneficiaries of the Indian government’s decision to remove a clause that allows new carriers to spread their wings beyond Indian skies.

“We have 11 aircraft in our fleet today. We have two more slated to join the fleet in October this year…the first of our Neo aircraft which is the new engine option is slated to be delivered from June 2017 and we would have achieved a full 20 aircraft fleet size by June 2018,” Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara, told CNBC-TV18.

Singapore Airlines and Tata Group own 49 percent and 51 percent, respectively, in Vistara that commenced its operations in January last year.

On likely overseas destinations, Phee Teik Yeoh, the chief executive officer of Vistara said the carrier will have plenty of options.

“We will be spoilt for choice when it comes to international destinations. We have so many international destinations that hold a lot of potential for delivering our product leadership and service excellence,” Yeoh told Mint.

Vistara has 2 percent market share in India’s domestic air traffic and recently completing flying 2 million passengers.

The carrier has not lost focus of its India operations in the context of overseas flying plans and intends to strengthen the domestic business with a slew of initiatives.

“New strategic partnerships with airline and non-airline brands are in the pipeline which will further strengthen Vistara’s value proposition for its FFP (Club Vistara) members,” the Tata Group said in its internal publication.

Source: IBI Time