Aviation

Vistara seeks nod for global operations to take off next year

DELHI: Vistara, the joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, said it has sought aviation ministry approval to start international operations in May next year, by which time it expects to meet the 20-plane eligibility norm.

“As part of the preparation, we have also advanced our aircraft deliveries and expect to receive our 20th aircraft by March 2018. In addition to our initial order, we are leasing two Airbus A320neos, which will arrive by June 2018,” the airline said in an email, reports The Economic Times.

Once it gets a no-objection certificate (NoC) from the ministry, “the airline will have to apply to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for final approval to fly international,” said an aviation ministry official who did not want to be named. Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet are the four Indian carriers that currently fly overseas.

According to Vistara’s proposal, seen by ET, it plans to connect 50 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia through a mix of its own aircraft and codeshare partners over a period of three years. The airline has an all-Airbus A320 fleet.

“The launch of international operations will be through Airbus 320 aircraft and the airline, in the first year, will connect destinations within four hours of flying distance from India,” said a person aware of the proposal.

“Mediumhaul and long-haul aircraft will be added subsequently, during the second and third year of operations.”

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