MIAMI – Vistara (UK), a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, has received approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate international flights to the United States, the airline confirmed on Thursday.
“We confirm that Vistara has reached out to the relevant authorities in the United States of America to secure permissions to commence operations in the US. While we have received the temporary Foreign Air Carrier permit from the Department of Transportation, USA, the process is still ongoing. We shall be sharing further details at an appropriate time,” A Vistara representative stated.
Current Vistara Aircraft Fleet, Destinations
The airline has fleet of Airbus A320(neo/ceo), Airbus A321neo, Boeing 737 and recently acquired the Boeing 787-9. The Dreamliner operates to London, Frankfurt and Tokyo from New Delhi. However, they are currently also flying on domestic routes due to India’s international travel ban in place.
The aircraft seats 299 passengers in total – 30 in business, 16 in premium economy and 248 in Economy. The airline has always been a favorite to the Indian subcontinent thanks to its premium product offering. The airline is also in the process of getting an ETOPS 180 minutes approval from the Indian DGCA, allowing it to fly to the east and west coast of US direct from India.
The US would be the fourth country to be served by the airline. Although a specific destination hasn’t been officially announced, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago are the potential options. The Indian-US market is presently being served by two airlines, namely Air India (AI) and United Airlines (UA) -A star alliance monopoly, but as we get towards the end of 2021, UK and American Airlines (AA) will make their debut into this major long-haul market.
Featured image: Vistara VT-TSN Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner | Credits: Daniel Gorun/Airways