MIAMI – Vistara (UK) plans to begin flying between India and the United States as the carrier continues expanding its route network.

Months ago, reports indicated Vistara was considering launching flights to the United States. Today, the carrier has confirmed these intentions by applying to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to receive authority to operate flights between India and the United States.

Vistara requests a Foreign Air Carrier permit from the DOT to conduct foreign scheduled and charter air transportation of persons, property, and mail between India and the US. Specifically, the carrier intends to begin flying to the US on or about September 1, 2021 using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Additionally, Vistara seeks expedited processing of its application to begin flying to the US as soon as possible.

Vistara VT-TSD Boeing 787-9 | Photo: Nick Sheeder/Airways

Vistara’s Expanding Long-Haul Ambitions

Flights to the United States represent Vistara’s latest ambitions to expand internationally. Within the past year, the airline has begun flights to European destinations such as London (LHR) and Frankfurt (FRA).

No US destinations were specified in the airline’s application. Despite the ongoing pandemic, competition on flights between India and the United States continues to grow. American Airlines (AA) recently announced a New York (JFK) to New Delhi (DEL) route and United Airlines will soon commence its San Francisco (SFO) to Bangalore (BLR) flight.

Vistara operates a fleet of 47 aircraft according to its application. The carrier currently has two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and expects to receive more of these aircraft, which will allow Vistara to continue growing with new long-haul routes.

Featured Image: Vistara VT-TSN Boeing 787-9. Photo: Daniel Gorun/Airways