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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQG.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2021 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://onemileatatime.com/news/vistara-newark-flight/

Vistara plans flight to Newark via LGW from DEL. Jet tried this before with limited success. Marginal yields at best unless they can get breakeven traffic yields on LGW-EWR-LGW.

And DEL again ? May be they should try from BOM where there is less competition.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Vistara plans flight to Newark via LGW from DEL. Jet tried this before with limited success. Marginal yields at best unless they can get breakeven traffic yields on LGW-EWR-LGW.

And DEL again ? May be they should try from BOM where there is less competition.


BOM is a bad idea IMHO. You already have two nonstops between BOM and EWR, unless of course Vistara's product is so superlative that the moneyed gujju crowd will give United and AI a heave ho.

Vistara will most likely use AI's fifth freedom rights (they will have the same owner, soon remember?) to pick up LGW - EWR pax.

And it's not a bad idea either. If you work in Central London's financial district, it is easier to get to LGW than to LHR. The Virgin Gatwick Express takes 30 mins to go from LGW to London Victoria (the heart of London). It takes more than an hour to do that distance by tube from LHR.
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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/109253-indias-vistara-eyes-london-newark-flights

Vistara eyes London-Newark flights

04.11.2021

Having secured its US Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) in late August, India's Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) has now disclosed that it holds slots for services from Delhi Int'l via London Gatwick to New York Newark for the current winter season.

According to Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), the Indian full-service carrier has slots to operate a total of 63 flights from Gatwick to Delhi (translating to 3x weekly flights) and the same number from Gatwick to Newark during the season ending in late March 2022, with up to 299 passenger seats per departure.

The airline has yet to announce plans to serve the United States, although it said earlier that it hoped to debut the route during the current quarter.

Vistara, a 51/49 joint venture between Tata Group and Singapore Airlines Group, operates just two B787-9s with 299 seats each, the ch-aviation fleets advanced module shows. The two aircraft do not have separate crew rest areas and are currently used for services to Bangalore Int'l, Frankfurt Int'l, London Heathrow, and Paris CDG (launching on November 7, 2021). If the airline operates flights via London, it will be able to change crews in the United Kingdom and thus avoid the issue of a lack of crew-rests.

Newark is a hub for United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare), which has a one-way code-share partnership with Vistara covering the latter's domestic services out of Delhi and Mumbai Int'l.

United Airlines is the second-largest player in the US-India direct air market with a 44% market share by scheduled departure capacity, the ch-aviation capacities module shows. The airline flies from Newark to both Delhi and Mumbai. Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) has a 52.2% share, while American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) is a minor competitor with a 3.8% share.

Currently, there are no flights from Gatwick to Newark. United Airlines and British Airways (BA, London Heathrow) fly to the New Jersey gateway from London Heathrow. Gatwick's services to New York JFK are operated by British Airways and JetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK), the ch-aviation schedules module highlights.

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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TYC.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TYD.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2021 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone flown on Vistara lately? Heard they are a pretty crappy affair. Can someone confirm?
A German youtuber posted a video saying that he had inside sources telling him about the 'corruption' in the airline. If true, who are these corrupt people and why is the Tata group doing nothing?

And again, why do Delhi-based airlines end up getting this bad rep?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2022 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Has anyone flown on Vistara lately? Heard they are a pretty crappy affair. Can someone confirm?
A German youtuber posted a video saying that he had inside sources telling him about the 'corruption' in the airline. If true, who are these corrupt people and why is the Tata group doing nothing?

And again, why do Delhi-based airlines end up getting this bad rep?


I flew them on a domestic leg to BOM and had no issues with the airline. It was on time, food was ok. The premium economy is more like Economy plus in United, just more leg room, everything else the same.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Has anyone flown on Vistara lately? Heard they are a pretty crappy affair. Can someone confirm?
A German youtuber posted a video saying that he had inside sources telling him about the 'corruption' in the airline. If true, who are these corrupt people and why is the Tata group doing nothing?

And again, why do Delhi-based airlines end up getting this bad rep?


I take vloggers reviews with a pinch of salt. If a crew request them to not film something or does not smile at them, they term the whole trip and airline as a "disaster". Ends up being very entitled and brattish

I have never been a fan of vlog style trip reports, where 70-80% of the report is the person's face.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I take vloggers reviews with a pinch of salt. If a crew request them to not film something or does not smile at them, they term the whole trip and airline as a "disaster". Ends up being very entitled and brattish

I have never been a fan of vlog style trip reports, where 70-80% of the report is the person's face.


Well, this blogger actually showed pictures of scratched armrests and dirty AC vents - in an A321 that was just an year old.

Have you flown Vistara lately, Bala? What are they like?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2022 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vistara has withdrawn an A320, VT-TTI from the fleet today.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQL.
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Vistara mulls short-term leases due to B787 delays

27.03.2022

Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) is evaluating its fleet options for its planned expansion to the United States in light of the ongoing suspension of new B787 deliveries due to manufacturing issues, Chief Executive Vinod Kannan told the Business Standard daily.

"We have asked Boeing for updates. We still don't have a firm picture on that. So, we have started looking at other options on whether we should get a temporary lease of aircraft. The only drawback is the current fuel price. From a financial perspective, we are evaluating this," he said.

The full-service carrier's widebody fleet currently comprises two B787-9s, with a further four on firm order from Boeing. However, Vistara's B787s are configured for medium-haul services with reduced maximum take-off weight and no crew rest areas. They are also fully utilised on the airline's current network, flying to London Heathrow, Frankfurt Int'l, and Paris CDG. As such, the current fleet is insufficient for a planned US expansion.

Vistara intended to add more B787-9s for its North American flights. The carrier secured its foreign air carrier permit in 2021 for services via London Gatwick. However, Kannan said Vistara was now also evaluating non-stop flights.

"Even for one-stop [services], I need new aircraft because the current aircraft are being fully utilised. So, if I take a new aircraft, it is better to do it non-stop. All these things are currently under negotiations," the CEO explained.

Kannan added that Vistara is to remain an independent carrier even after its 51% shareholder Tata Sons acquired Air India. Recently, Tata Sons and minority shareholder Singapore Airlines Group injected an additional INR5 billion rupees (USD65 million) into Vistara.

"The fact is that the shareholders have been supportive. Recently, there has been an infusion of funds. What happens eventually is something that is under discussion by the shareholders. My message to the staff is very clear. We are still Vistara - an independent, separate airline. We are taking another 20 aircraft in the next two years. So, let's focus on that," he said.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2022 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I take vloggers reviews with a pinch of salt. If a crew request them to not film something or does not smile at them, they term the whole trip and airline as a "disaster". Ends up being very entitled and brattish

I have never been a fan of vlog style trip reports, where 70-80% of the report is the person's face.


So I flew Vistara a couple of weeks ago. Both my flights were on the ex-9W 737s. The interiors have been changed to the Vistara branding. The legroom economy class is cramped, and not suitable for anything longer than one hour. The service was good and the crew were professional. They handled a difficult lady who was refusing to wear a mask with a lot of tact and patience. The planes were clean and the flights on time. The service is quite acceptable. They provided a complimentary snack which wasn't very tasty but is quite something in this day and age.

I would fly them again. They aren't much more expensive than 6E either - only a couple of hundred rupees more.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQK.
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justbala wrote:
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I take vloggers reviews with a pinch of salt. If a crew request them to not film something or does not smile at them, they term the whole trip and airline as a "disaster". Ends up being very entitled and brattish

I have never been a fan of vlog style trip reports, where 70-80% of the report is the person's face.


So I flew Vistara a couple of weeks ago. Both my flights were on the ex-9W 737s. The interiors have been changed to the Vistara branding. The legroom economy class is cramped, and not suitable for anything longer than one hour. The service was good and the crew were professional. They handled a difficult lady who was refusing to wear a mask with a lot of tact and patience. The planes were clean and the flights on time. The service is quite acceptable. They provided a complimentary snack which wasn't very tasty but is quite something in this day and age.

I would fly them again. They aren't much more expensive than 6E either - only a couple of hundred rupees more.


I flew their premium economy product a few months ago on a 90 minute flight. The premium economy is similar to United or Delta economy plus, just more leg room but the same width.

The snack was ok, the flight was worth it for the extra price, primarily because of the extra bag allowance which I wanted.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQJ.
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Vistara has added an A321NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TVE.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQI.
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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/117046-indias-vistara-considers-short-term-b787-leases

Vistara considers short-term B787 leases

01.07.2022

Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) is scouting the market for B787s available for short-term leases to cover delays in new deliveries by Boeing (BOE, Washington National), Chief Executive Vinod Kannan told reporters during the 2022 IATA AGM in Doha.

"I would like to have [more B787s] yesterday. But the facts are that these things do take time... The last thing we want is to hurry and get stuck with an aircraft that we cannot utilise viably," he said.

He underlined that any additional aircraft would be signed only for the time until Boeing hands over Vistara's new B787-9s. The airline is in no rush and wants to make sure that whatever aircraft it sources on an interim basis will be well-suited forto its network in terms of range, payload, and efficiency.

The Indian full-service carrier - a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Group - ordered six aircraft of the type from Boeing but took only two prior to last year's suspension in deliveries caused by manufacturing issues. They are currently deployed from Delhi Int'l to Frankfurt Int'l, London Heathrow, and Paris CDG, the ch-aviation schedules module shows.

Kannan underlined that Vistara ias planning to expand its international long-haul market but cannot do so without additional B787s.

"We are looking at increasing frequency. Even for London, we feel like we could do more, we are charting out a plan, but again that is dependent on when we get the aircraft," Kannan said.

Vistara does not operate any other widebody aircraft. Its fleet comprises three A320-200s, thirty-eight A320-200Ns, five A321-200NXes, and five B737-800s. Kannan told ch-aviation recently that the A320ceo and the B737s would be retired over the next 12 months.

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https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/vistara-takes-dreamliner-aircraft-on-lease-to-boost-international-ops-122080600692_1.html

Vistara takes Dreamliner aircraft on lease to boost international ops

August 06, 2022

Vistara on Saturday said it has taken a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on lease, which will help the airline increase its number of flights to Frankfurt and Paris.

This is the first Dreamliner plane taken on lease by Vistara. The private carrier already has two Dreamliner aircraft, which were purchased from Boeing, in its fleet.

Vistara had to take the plane on lease because Boeing has not delivered four more Dreamliner planes to it for two years. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US aviation regulator, wants Boeing to make rectifications in Dreamliner's production line before restarting the deliveries.

Vistara had ordered six Dreamliner planes in 2018 but has received only two from Boeing. The second plane was delivered in August 2020. Since then, it has been waiting for the other Dreamliners to come so as to boost its international flight operations.

In a press release, Vistara said it will be increasing its number of flights to Frankfurt in Germany and Paris in France as it "gears up to receive its third Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which has been leased recently".

It is not clear when the plane will be delivered to the airline in India.

Meanwhile, Vistara said the additional flights to and from Frankfurt and Paris will start from October 30.

The private carrier will operate six weekly flights on the Delhi-Frankfurt route from October 30, instead of the three weekly services currently, it said.

The airline will operate five weekly flights on the Delhi-Paris route from October, instead of its two weekly flights currently.

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Air India Express will add five B737-800s currently operated by Vistara. The full-service sister carrier, took nine Boeing widebodies after the collapse of Jet Airways, despite being hitherto an A320 Family operator.
Four of these aircraft have since been returned to the lessors, but the other five leases were extended by Tata Sons and will soon be transferred to Air India Express. Vistara will then no longer operate any B737s.


https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/118706-air-india-to-lease-second-hand-b777s-a320neo
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Air India Express will add five B737-800s currently operated by Vistara. The full-service sister carrier, took nine Boeing widebodies after the collapse of Jet Airways, despite being hitherto an A320 Family operator.
Four of these aircraft have since been returned to the lessors, but the other five leases were extended by Tata Sons and will soon be transferred to Air India Express. Vistara will then no longer operate any B737s.


https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/118706-air-india-to-lease-second-hand-b777s-a320neo


Since when did 737s become "widebodies"?!
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQE.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQM.
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Vistara has added a B787-9 to the fleet today, as VT-TSQ.
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Vistara has added an A320NEO to the fleet today, as VT-TQN.
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https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/vistara-to-merge-with-tata-group-owned-air-india-singapore-airlines-122112900876_1.html

Tata Group announces Air India merger with Vistara; SIA to get 25% stake

November 29, 2022

In a major consolidation in the Indian aviation space, Tata group on Tuesday announced the merger of Vistara with Air India, and pursuant to the deal, Singapore Airlines will have a 25.1 per cent stake in Air India.

The proposed deal is expected to be complete by March 2024, subject to regulatory approvals.

Tata group owns a 51 per cent stake in Vistara and the rest is with Singapore Airlines (SIA).

In a release, SIA said Vistara and Air India would be merged, and it would also be investing Rs 2,058.5 crore in Air India as part of the transaction.

"This would give SIA a 25.1 per cent stake in an enlarged Air India group with a significant presence in all key market segments.

SIA said it intends to fully fund this investment with its internal cash resources, which stood at 17.5 billion Singapore dollars as of September 30.

In a separate release, Tata group said that with the consolidation, Air India would be the country's leading domestic and international carrier with a combined fleet of 218 aircraft, "making it India's largest international carrier and second largest domestic carrier".

SIA and Tata Sons have also agreed to participate in additional capital injections, if required, to fund the growth and operations of the enlarged Air India in FY2022-23 and FY2023-24.

"Based on SIA's 25.1 per cent stake post-completion, its share of any additional capital injection could be up to Rs 50,200 million (S$ 880 million, US$ 615 million), payable only after the completion of the merger," SIA said in the release.

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