New Delhi, May 30 (Agency) Vistara on Saturday got its first purchased Airbus A320neo aircraft inducted in its fleet. “The aircraft, registered VT-TQE, arrived in Delhi today from Airbus’ production facility in Toulouse, France. It is one of the 13 Airbus A320neo that Vistara had purchased in 2018 as part of a larger order totaling 50 aircraft from the Airbus A320neo Family, including the Airbus A321neo aircraft as well,” the full-service airlines said in a release.
With addition of VT-TQE Vistara’s fleet strength has gone up to 46 aircrafts, including 36 Airbus A320, two Airbus A321neo, two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. It takes total count of the airline’s owned aircraft to three. Vistara had also purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for long-haul international operations, two of which are already in service.
The new set of A320neo aircraft that Vistara has been adding to its fleet come with higher range capability (77 tonnes of maximum take-off weight), enabling the airline to fly longer regional international routes without payload restrictions, the airlines added. The aircraft come with enhanced operational performance and cabin features that include in-seat AC Power Outlet, USB Charging Ports and PED (Personal Electronic Device) holders. It has a total of 164 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, including eight seats in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 132 in Economy Class. Vistara, A joint venture of Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, commenced commercial operations on January 2015 and went international in August 2019. “The Airbus A320 is an integral part of our fleet and growth story, and this particular aircraft is, indeed, special. It mirrors the maturity that Vistara has achieved in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of time, continuing to steadily grow in scale, size and operational assets. The new aircraft underlines our focus on continuous enhancement of fleet to provide world-class flying experience to our customers,” said Mr Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara.