31 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2020

Vistara Airlines comes to London

Only founded in 2015 Vistara Airlines arrived at Heathrow from Delhi 06:00 on Saturday (29 August).  In its short history it has carried nearly 20m passengers with a fleet of mainly A320 series aircraft. 

The airline is a joint venture between Indian conglomerate Tata and Singapore Airlines (SIA). 

Saturday’s maiden flight was an one-off special.  Vistara Airlines will initially operate Monday–Wednesday–Friday operating a three-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner. 

Mr Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said: “As the world starts opening up in a phased manner following an extended global lockdown, these special flights give us the privilege of facilitating travel between the two countries. We are confident that travellers will appreciate having the choice of flying India’s only 5-star airline to and from London, which also upholds the highest standards of safety and hygiene.”

“The arrival of (this) our second Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (of six on order) further strengthens our fleet and underlines our commitment to expanding globally. There is an inherent need for an Indian carrier with a modern fleet, world-class cabin products and onboard service to fly non-stop on long-haul routes. Our Dreamliner aircraft help us distinguish our offering and give us a competitive edge in the market.”

The Heathrow route is also currently flown by Air India and British Airways. Virgin Atlantic is expected to relaunch a three times per week service on Wednesday (2 September).


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Morish Patel, Uxbridge

What’s the truth about Vistara taking over Air India? With its Singapore Airlines backing it seems to be doing well with domestic services.