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Monday, 16 July, 2018, 10 : 30 AM [IST]

Vistara plans to introduce services to Sri Lanka, Maldives and Thailand before October

As per The Economics Times report, with an aim to tap the leisure travellers out of India, Vistara plans to connect Sri Lanka and Maldives from Delhi and Thailand from Delhi and Kolkata before October this year. The airline has applied to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for permissions to launch flights to connect these destinations.

In the second phase of international expansion that begins beyond October till the March of 2019, the Tata Group-promoted airline plans to connect destinations in Bangladesh, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to Delhi and Singapore to Pune. 

These initial international flight launches will be through an Airbus 320 family aircraft. The airline has last week announced firm orders for 13 Airbus A-320 Neo family and 6 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft worth USD 3.1 billion. In addition, the airline will also lease 37 additional A320 neo-family aircraft. Vistara, which currently has 13 Airbus A-320 Ceo and eight A-320 Neos and will get one more Neo this September from the initial order, flies to 22 domestic destinations with over 800 weekly flights.

Airline sources said that Vistara would continue to operate aircraft with three class configuration i.e. economy, premium economy and business and does not plan to introduce first class into its flights. “We do not expect a lot of first class demand out of India but may increase the number of premium class (premium economy and business) seats,” said an airline executive, who did not want to be identified.

Vistara has applied to the government for permissions to fly international. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the MoCA to provide them with bilateral flying rights to launch international flights.

“The DGCA would start work on getting them permission to fly international only after Vistara gets flying rights,” said a DGCA official, who did not want to be identified.

However, fetching flying rights for the destinations that Vistara has sought would not be easy, said ministry officials.
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