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British Airways and Vistara to partner

Vistara Airbus A320-232 WL VT-TTL (msn 7163) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 939478.

British Airways and Indian domestic carrier, Vistara, have announced a new partnership that will open up more routes between London and India than ever before.

As part of the new agreement customers can book seats on Vistara flights to destinations across India from Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

British Airways operates two nonstop flights a day from Heathrow to Mumbai, a double daily service to Delhi and a daily flight to Chennai. The airline also flies direct to Hyderabad and Bangalore from Terminal 5.

The agreement means that British Airways customers will now be able to visit 13 new destinations across the region, opening up cities such as Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and Pune, that have previously been more difficult to access from the UK.

British Airways customers travelling on the codeshare flights will be able to check their bags straight through to their final destination and both airlines use the same terminals at Delhi and Mumbai airports, making it even easier for customers to connect on to domestic services.

British Airways offers dedicated services on flights to India, including tailored menus and local language speaking cabin crew.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by British and Vistara): Vistara Airbus A320-232 WL VT-TTL (msn 7163) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 939478.

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Vistara revisits the past with a retro jet and retro crew uniforms

"TATA SIA Airlines" retro livery - delivered on August 30, 2018

Vistara Airlines on September 1, 2018 formally unveiled the retro livery on its new Airbus A320 VT-ATV. The pictured VT-ATV was handed over to the airline on August 30, 2018.

The airline made the announcement on social media:

The moment is finally here. Presenting VT-ATV, a special livery painted in retro color scheme, similar to that on the 1940s Tata Airlines DC-3 aircraft.

The airline also showcased classic retro uniforms:

Our flagship flights will also consist of a special menu with some of J.R.D Tata’s favorite dishes to tie the experience together.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Vistara): Vistara – TATA SIA Airlines Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWIN (VT-ATV) (msn 8326) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 943126.

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Vistara to add 50 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft to its fleet

Vistara, the New Delhi-based carrier, has signed a letter of Intent (LOI) for 13 Airbus A320neo aircraft to add to its existing portfolio of 21 Airbus airplanes.

The full-service airline has also committed to an additional 37 A320neo Family aircraft from lessors. The combined agreements would add 50 A320neo Family to Vistara’s fleet. The engine selection for Vistara’s latest firm order is Leap CFM.

For Vistara, the A320neo will be the first aircraft to fly regional international routes.

Image: Airbus.

Vistara places orders with Airbus and Boeing

Vistara takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier, a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, has agreed to place firm orders with Airbus for 13 A320neo (above) family aircraft and with Boeing for six 787-9 Dreamliners. Together, the deals are valued at $3.1 billion, based on published list prices.

The letter of intent (LOI) signed with Airbus comprises 13 firm-ordered A320neo and A321neo aircraft, as well as options for seven more aircraft from the A320neo family.

In addition, Vistara will lease another 37 new A320neo-family aircraft from leasing companies. Together, Vistara will be adding a total of 50 A320neo-family aircraft into its existing fleet.

Vistara has selected the LEAP 1-A engines from CFM International to power the A320neo and A321neo aircraft, which will be due for delivery between 2019 and 2023. Vistara will use these aircraft to densify its domestic network and to support its international operations planned for later this year.

Photo Above: Boeing.

The letter of intent (LOI) signed with Boeing comprises six firm-ordered 787-9 Dreamliners and purchase rights for four more aircraft from the 787 Dreamliner family. Vistara has selected the General Electric GEnx-1B engines to power the aircraft, which are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2021. The 787-9s are intended for use on medium-haul and long-haul international routes.

The addition of the new aircraft will complement Vistara’s existing fleet of 13 Airbus A320ceo (above) and 8 A320neo aircraft that have enabled the airline thus far to achieve operational excellence. From the initial order, Vistara has an impending delivery for one A320neo which is due in September 2018.

Vistara today serves 22 destinations with over 800 flights a week and fleet of 21 aircraft. In a short span of time since starting operations in 2015, the airline has redefined the air travel experience for travellers in India, and has already flown 10 million happy customers.

Copyright Photo: Vistara Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDJ (VT-TNB) (msn 7606) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 937778.

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Vistara starts operations today between Delhi and Mumbai

Vistara ribbon cutting ceremony (Vistara)(LR)

Vistara (Delhi) as planned, launched schedule passenger operations today (January 9). The first flight connected Delhi with Mumbai.

The new airline issued this statement and photos:

At 12.30 pm today (January 9), Vistara’s inaugural flight, to Mumbai, took off from Terminal 3 of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, in the presence of Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Honorable Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation who cut the ribbon in the presence of the senior dignitaries at the event (above).

A host of senior executives from the parent companies – Tata Group and SIA – were onboard the first flight. Amidst palpable excitement Mr Prasad Menon, Chairman, Vistara lit the ceremonial lamp at the check-in counter along with Dr Mukund Rajan, Mr Mak Swee Wah, Members of the Board of Directors, Mr Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO Vistara, Mr Madhu Kannan, Mr NS Rajan, Tata Sons GEC Members, Mr TK Lim, Singapore HC to India and Mr I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd and was handed over the first boarding pass. The Hon’ble Minister Dr Sharma, then cut the ribbon at the boarding gate to inaugurate the first flight and wished good luck to the Vistara team.

A group of very excited children from the Salaam Baalak Trust aged between 7-12 years, were boarded first to enjoy their first flying experience ever. They were followed by the rest of the passengers and the dignitaries. The fully loaded Airbus A320-200 branded in royal aubergine and gold then took off for Mumbai’s GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Terminal 2.

While congratulating the entire team at Vistara and the executives from Tata and SIA, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said: “Though India is projected to be the third largest aviation market globally by 2020, and the sector opening up to allow 49 % FDI will attract many new players, the focus will be on safety and quality, which is more important. Also it is the prime ministers vision to develop India as a leading tourism hub and connectivity is imperative to achieve this. So we welcome Vistara”.

Conveying his best wishes on the occasion of the first Vistara flight, Mr Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons, said, “It has been a long-cherished dream for the Tata group to establish a world-class full service airline in India, in partnership with Singapore Airlines, and today that dream has come to life. I would like to dedicate this day to Mr JRD Tata, the man who started it all, and established India’s first international airline. His futuristic vision continues to inspire us and we salute his spirit and dream. I would like to extend my best wishes to the Vistara team as they embark upon a remarkable journey today.”

Mr GM Rao, Chairman, GMR group, said, “Vistara is the latest entrant into our family of partner airlines and we extend our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to the team for everlasting success. Vistara is a promising brand with a strong lineage and I am confident that they will deliver an unmatched flying experience to travelers. My team and I join in celebrating this momentous occasion together with the Tata group, Singapore Airlines and Vistara.”

Mr Goh Choon Phong, CEO, Singapore Airlines said, “India’s aviation market has been expanding rapidly and we have been eager to directly participate in and contribute towards this growth story for many years. We are confident that Vistara will help to stimulate market demand and provide economic benefits to India, and are committed to supporting Vistara to deliver on its brand promise to Indian travellers.”

Mr Prasad Menon, Chairman, TATA SIA Airlines Limited, said, “Today marks the start of the new exciting chapter in Tata Group’s history as we take to the skies again. I feel honoured to be part of this journey of Vistara, which has its core philosophy steeped in the same tradition as the Tata group. For long now, we have held on to this particular dream and today I can proudly say that our persistence has been well worth it and has paid off. Vistara’s first flight today is a commencement of a unique flying experience.”

Mr Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara said, “To see Vistara take flight in record time is a matter of great pride to me and my entire team that has been working tirelessly for the past many months. The flight today has re-energized the team which is now focused on ensuring that we live up to our brand promise of a seamless and personalized Vistara experience. Today I would like to invite India to ‘Fly the New Feeling’ with Vistara.”

Vistara logo (large)

TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51% in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49%. Vistara brings together Tata’s and SIA’s legendary hospitality and renowned service excellence to launch the finest full service carrier in India aimed at creating memorable and personalised flying experiences for its customers. Obsessed with quality, the company aims to set new standards in the aviation industry in India, with international best practices and state-of-the-art technology in the Indian air transport sector.

Photos: Vistara. The red ribbon is cut at the start of operations.

Vistara first day of operations (Vistara)(LR)

Vistara to launch operations on January 9, 2015

Vistara (Delhi) has announced it will launch its joint venture operations on January 9, 2015. The full service airline will start operations from Delhi to both Mumbai and Ahmedabad with 148-seat Airbus A320s.

The airline issued this statement:

With its distribution channel and booking website going live, Vistara, the much-awaited JV between Tata and SIA is ready to take to the skies. The full service carrier announced that its first flight would take-off on January 9, 2015. With Delhi as its hub, Vistara will initially offer flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Delivering on its brand promise of “a world class flying experience” Vistara is the first full service carrier in India to introduce the ‘Premium Economy’ class. Vistara’s 148-seater A320-200 will offer three separate cabins, with 16 seats in Business, 36 in Premium Economy and 96 in Economy Class. Seats for all three classes are on sales and there will not be a separate fuel surcharge. Vistara is also the first airline in India to offer a value based frequent flyer program called Club Vistara, wherein loyalty points are accrued based on actual spend on the ticket fare rather than miles travelled. Keeping up with the times, airline has done away with the physical loyalty card.

Vistara’s technology partners – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro and Amadeus – will be responsible for its customer support system and IT services. The technology partners are poised to help Vistara fulfill its brand promise of personalization of service and providing a seamless experience to customers. Wipro will manage the Vistara Customer Service Centre, which will handle all customers’ enquiries on reservations, ticketing and Club Vistara FFP. As Vistara’s strategic partner, TCS will be engaged in its various IT initiatives ranging from application service transformation to consulting and business-impacting technology initiatives. Amadeus Altéa Suite will power Vistara’s travel reservations, inventory management, airport departure control systems, as well as revenue accounting and revenue management.

Vistara logo (large)

The brand name of the airline, Vistara is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘Vistaar’, which means ‘limitless expanse’, and draws inspiration from the brand’s domain – the ‘limitless’ sky. The logo is derived from a ‘yantra’, a perfect mathematical form that reflects the unbounded universe. Its fluid interconnecting lines reflect the seamless experience the airline wants to offer its customers. The eight-pointed star at the centre of the logo reflects the high standards Vistara is committed to and the excellence that will be a hallmark of the airline.

Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 F-WWDF (msn 6388) will be delivered as VT-TTF.