The joint venture carrier of Singapore Airline and Tata Sons will start its maiden overseas flight to its parent airline’s hub Singapore in August. The airline will fly a daily frequency each from Delhi and Mumbai to Singapore.
The airline had first planned to start flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka but in the aftermath of the tragic Easter Sunday blasts in the capital, the airline has deferred this decision. Vistara has only recently obtained government approval to launch international flights. Apart from Singapore and Colombo, it has approval for operations to Bangkok and Dubai.
The private full-service carrier operates 730 flights a week to 24 cities with 24 Airbus 320 and formerly Jet Airways Boeing 737s. It plans to add 60 planes including 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next 5 years through a mix of direct orders, leases, and options. The airline sees Singapore as a crucial market “given the opportunities it presents for corporate, business as well as leisure travel,” Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer of Vistara, said in a statement. Vistara also said that the airline views Singapore as a key addition to its network, as demand for travel to and from the country is rising in trade, business, and tourism. Singapore is offered limited direct service from Delhi and Mumbai by national carriers, while international carriers offer competitive direct or connecting flights through the likes of Malindo Air, Srilankan Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and of course Singapore Airlines. Vistara will operate its Boeing 737-800NG aircraft offering 2 class cabin configurations, Business, and Economy. Fares start from ₹15,900 or $231. Singapore-Delhi flights will begin from the 6th of August and Singapore- Mumbai flights will begin a day later, on the 7th of August. The airline is expecting great success from these routes.