India’s Vistara sees growth in 2019; eyes added expansion in 2020

Darren Wood
By Darren Wood November 5, 2019 07:12

India’s Vistara sees growth in 2019; eyes added expansion in 2020

India’s Vistara has expanded its fleet and network by nearly 50% in the seven months of 2019, as the airline has plans to almost double its fleet size by the end of the current financial year ending March 2020, compared to the fleet size at the start of FY 2019-20.

Vistara plans to further add multiple destinations in the near future, the airline has added several routes in the last seven months including Thailand’s Bangkok, Sri Lanka’s Colombo and UAE’s Dubai.

The expansion has led Vistara to operate nearly 1400 flights a week today, up more than 70% from 800 flights a week it operated by end of March 2019.

Last year, Vistara ordered 50 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo family, including the A321neo, to be delivered until 2023 in its plan of densifying domestic operations and embarking on short/medium haul international routes.

The airline will induct six more A320neo aircraft by December 2019, following which Vistara will get two of the six wide-body aircraft it ordered last year, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and one Airbus A321neo between January and March 2020. With this, from 22 aircraft in March 2019, the airline will take the fleet size to 42 by March 2020.

Leslie Thng, Vistara’s chief executive officer, said: “Network expansion is one of our top business priorities at present and we are proud to have recorded significant progress on this front by adding 11 new destinations in India and abroad in the current financial year so far. With our fleet expansion, we will continue to grow our domestic and international network, including the commencement of medium and long haul international flights in 2020.”

Darren Wood
By Darren Wood November 5, 2019 07:12