PHOTO: Venkat Mangudi.

NEW DELHI- As India gears up to resume International operations, Vistara (UK) has decided to expand its network to new European destinations.

The airline currently flies international to Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore, Colombo and Kathmandu with the Airbus A320. It now aims to expand operations to the European market. Its first flight will be to London (LHR) as early as mid-August.

According to sources, the airline will commence 6 weekly flights to London from Delhi starting August 12. Paris and Frankfurt will soon follow.

New Delhi: TATA SAI Airlines Ltd. Chairman Bhaskar Bhat (2L) with Vistara CEO Leslie Thng (2R) pose for photographs during the launch of Vistara Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, in New Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2020. Photo: ©Ravi Choudhary

Vistara Aircraft for New Routes

These flights would be conducted on the Boeing 787-9 aircraft. At present, the airline has only one Boeing 787 in its fleet. Another Boeing 787 (VT-TSE) is set to arrive early next month.

Back in March, UK revealed its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner alongside new cabin products for long-haul international flights in Premium, Premium Economy, and Economy classes.

Together with these two aircraft and a crew of 20 pilots, the airline hopes to commence smooth operations.

The routes will run under the air travel bubbles set up by the Indian government. The bubbles will allow the involved countries to operate flights.

Currently, France and the US are a part of this arrangement, with Germany and the UK to join soon.

Vistara Airbus A320. Photo: Vistara

Vistara Ready for The Challenge ahead

However, there are certain restrictions under this bubble. For instance, a person may not transit through France when traveling to the US.

While a new destination is always exciting, the current COVID-19 crisis has posed a serious question on air travel. With many avoiding travel, it rather does seem challenging on how the airline plans to attract passenger traffic.

Whatever the case may be, the carrier plans to tackle the situation as and when it arises.

Featured image: ©Venkat Mangudi.