Vistara to go international in ’18?
Vistara recently entered into a partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL) to pursue commercial opportunities. To strengthen its domestic footprint in India, the airline is adding Ranchi to its network and plans to expand its fleet to 22 aircraft by June 2018,
We will reach the magical number of 20 aircraft in March 2018 which means that from then onwards Vistara can operate overseas if we want to and if we are ready.
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Japan Airlines has been very supportive of Vistara’s growth and the two airlines share a lot in common. Thus, it was no surprise that they were among the first airlines with which Vistara has entered into a partnership. This mutual understanding between the two airlines paves the way for both airlines to actively and jointly pursue more commercial opportunities and significant cooperation in the near future, such as codeshare, frequent flyer partnerships as well as other operational arrangements, allowing us to leverage each other’s network, expertise and assets, to necessary approvals from authorities.
Earlier this year, Vistara and JAL entered an ‘Inter-Airline Through Checkin’ (IATCI) enabling customers to enjoy a seamless ‘Through Check-in’ facility, when connecting to or from a Vistara flight in India and more than 50 countries across the globe on JAL’s network, using a single ticket. JAL and Vistara will strive to deliver greater convenience and variety of choice to the customers with a comprehensive network and cooperation.
Qplans Elaborate on Vistara’s growth on the domestic front.
Today, Vistara operates 660 weekly flights operated by a fleet of 16 aircraft. We recently announced the addition of Ranchi as our 21st destination. Effective October 29, 2017, we will operate two flights a day between Delhi and Ranchi. Jharkhand has immense potential for industrial development, with sectors such as steel, cement, electric, rubber, khadi, handicraft and textile flourishing here. It is also emerging as an educational hub for the region. There is a consistently growing number of corporate travellers, tourists and educationists emerging from this state to whom Vistara brings world-class air travel with the addition of Ranchi as a destination to our network.
Further, as we operate from the stateof-the-art terminal in Delhi, travellers to and from Ranchi will get to enjoy the superior experience of T3, and those connecting to and from international flights at Delhi will appreciate the convenience of same-terminal connections. In a short span of less than three years, we have expanded our network to 21 destinations
with multiple frequencies. It has been an exciting journey for all of us and hopefully also for the consumers to be able to enjoy the variety in arrival and departure timings that Vistara offers. QKVUIs Vistara planning to expand ƀGGV!
In less than a year’s time from now, our fleet will increase from 16 aircraft to 22 aircraft. By June 2018, we have committed to a lease of 22 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft. Out of these 13 will be Airbus A320-200 and nine will be Airbus A320neo. We will reach the magical number of 20 aircraft in March 2018 which means that from then onwards Vistara can operate overseas if we want to and if we are ready. QKindly explain the interline partnership of Vistara with Qatar Airways.
We have been announcing quite a lot of interline partnerships lately and the partnership with Qatar Airways is one of them. This is an endorsement of the excellent product and service that Vistara offers to its customers in the domestic market which has caught the attention of many global major successful carriers like Qatar Airways, JAL and many more. We are very pleased with the good reviews that we received even outside India and we value each and every partnership as extending our footprint throughout interline partnerships makes our international operations even stronger. Under the partnership with Qatar Airways, we will offer a seamless flying experience and international luggage allowance to our joint customers from various cities in India to and from over 150 destinations across the world on a single ticket.