- Vistara at present flies the 2 wide-body Dreamliners to pick worldwide locations, together with London, in addition to on home routes. Vistara has additionally an choice to order 4 extra 787-9 planes.
By Rhik Kundu, Livemint, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 08:34 AM IST
Vistara is in talks with Boeing Co. to switch 787-9 Dreamliner jets it’s set to induct over the following two years by including a bathroom for crews, permitting the airline to mount direct long-haul flights to US and different international locations, stated two individuals with direct data of the matter.
The provider—a three way partnership between Tata Sons Pvt. Ltd and Singapore Airways Ltd—has acquired to this point two of six 787-9 Dreamliners it ordered in 2018 to function medium and long-haul worldwide flights. It took supply of the primary airplane in February 2020 and the remainder are slated to affix by 2023.
Vistara at present flies the 2 wide-body Dreamliners to pick worldwide locations, together with London, in addition to on home routes. Vistara has additionally an choice to order 4 extra 787-9 planes.
“The airline’s present Boeing 787-9 fleet nevertheless can’t be used to fly long-haul since these don’t have provisions for carrying an additional set of pilots,” stated one of many two individuals cited above, on situation of anonymity. Having relaxation compartments will permit the airline to hold an additional set of pilots wanted for direct long-haul flights.
The second particular person cited above stated Vistara is in talks with Boeing so as to add a relaxation compartment for crew in some 787-9 planes it is going to obtain within the subsequent few years, which is able to let the provider begin continuous flights on long-haul routes.
“The Boeing 787-9 is integral to the airline’s plan to fly long-haul,” the particular person stated.
Nationwide provider Air India Ltd is the one different airline within the nation to have wide-body planes able to long-haul flights. Air India operates direct flights to Australia and the US.
The 787-9 Dreamliner has a flying vary of 13,950km and might carry as much as 296 passengers in two-class configuration, based on Boeing’s web site. Vistara planes have a three-class configuration comprising financial system, premium financial system and enterprise.
A spokesperson for Boeing stated the corporate doesn’t touch upon buyer orders. A spokesperson for Vistara stated the airline is engaged on its fleet plans however “doesn’t have something to share”. Vistara flew to close by worldwide locations like Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the UAE earlier than worldwide flights from India had been grounded in March 2020 following the Covid outbreak. The airline at present flies to London and Maldives beneath bilateral agreements.
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