Vis­tara un­veils its first A320

The A320, with its unique aubergine and gold liv­ery, landed at the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New Delhi to a wa­ter-can­non salute.

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Mark­ing the 82nd an­niver­sary of JRD Tata’s first com­mer­cial flight from Karachi to Mumbai, Vis­tara re­cently wel­comed its first A320 painted with the air­line's liv­ery. The air­craft landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 1630hrs and was wel­comed with the tra­di­tional wa­ter can­non salute. This was fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at the air­port lounge at­tended by of­fi­cials from Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (P) Limited (DIAL) and Vis­tara.

Com­ment­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Prasad Menon, Chair­man, Vis­tara, said, “It gives me great pride and joy to present to you our new air­craft on this spe­cial day. There could be no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the 82nd an­niver­sary of a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in In­dian avi­a­tion – the first com­mer­cial flight of Tata Air­lines that was pi­loted by the leg­endary JRD Tata. I thank DIAL for this amaz­ing re­cep­tion. Each step in this jour­ney brings us closer to the re­al­iza­tion of Vis­tara, an air­line that will re­de­fine the air travel. We are also thank­ful to the DGCA for their co­op­er­a­tion and support.”

Mukund Rajan, Di­rec­tor on Board, TSAL said, “Our part­ner­ship with GMR/DIAL stems from our common belief in the high­est stan­dards of ser­vice and will play a key role in shap­ing great cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences. Hav­ing cho­sen Delhi as our home hub, I am very pleased that Vis­tara has com­menced a won­der­ful work­ing re­la­tion­ship with GMR/DIAL, and I wish both the teams the very best as Vis­tara heads to­wards op­er­a­tional launch.”

Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vis­tara, said, “I can­not ex­press in words the hap­pi­ness I feel at hav­ing our first painted air­craft here. The fact that it co­in­cides with the 82nd an­niver­sary of JRD Tata’s first com­mer­cial flight in In­dia makes it even more his­toric. The en­tire team at Vis­tara has been work­ing re­ally hard for the last many months and it is heart­en­ing to see a phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of the ef­forts. With this, we are a step closer to re­al­iz­ing our dream of get­ting the air­line off the ground. I thank GMR and DIAL for or­gan­is­ing this heart­warm­ing re­cep­tion for us.”

Aditya Ghosh, Pres­i­dent, IndiGo said, “This new or­der reaf­firms IndiGo’s com­mit­ment to the long-term de­vel­op­ment of af­ford­able air trans­porta­tion in In­dia and over­seas.

The ad­di­tional air­craft will en­able us to con­tinue to bring our low fares and cour­te­ous, has­sle free ser­vice to more cus­tomers and mar­kets and will cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties and growth.” IndiGo has pre­vi­ously placed or­ders for 280 Air­bus air­craft ( 100 A320ceo and 180 A320­neo).

“The A320­neo con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate world mar­ket share and this com­mit­ment con­firms the A320 Fam­ily as the air­craft of choice in the most dy­namic avi­a­tion growth mar­kets. We thank IndiGo and its co- founders Rakesh Gang­wal and Rahul Bha­tia for their tremen­dous vote of con­fi­dence,” said Fabrice Brégier, Pres­i­dent and CEO.

Air­bus

The A320­neo’s ‘ new en­gine op­tion’ in­cor­po­rates many in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing lat­est gen­er­a­tion en­gines and large Sharklet wing- tip de­vices, which to­gether de­liv- er 15 per cent in fuel sav­ings from Day One and 20 per cent by 2020 which is equiv­a­lent to a re­duc­tion of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per air­craft per year. The A320 Fam­ily is the world’s best- sell­ing sin­gle aisle prod­uct line with almost 11,000 or­ders to date and over 6,200 air­craft de­liv­ered to 400 cus­tomers and op­er­a­tors world­wide. Thanks to its widest cabin, all mem­bers of the A320 Fam­ily of­fer the in­dus­try’s best level of com­fort in all classes and Air­bus’ 18” wide seats in econ­omy as stan­dard.

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