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.
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.
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.