Vistara 1st Airbus A321neo enters service
Vistara’s brand new Airbus A321neo will debut on a domestic route between Delhi and Chennai on August 20, 2020.
The launch flight UK833 is scheduled between Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Chennai International Airport (MAA) on august 20, 2020. The A321neo will operate on domestic routes for a limited time, before being deployed on international routes.
Vistara received the A321neo (registration number VT-TVA), the first of the kind in its fleet, on July 24, 2020. The next generation CFM LEAP-1A engines-powered aircraft is part of 50 A320 family airplanes ordered in 2018. At the time, the Indian airline had plans to deploy the plane on short to medium-haul international routes or destinations within seven hours of flying time.
The newest fleet addition is already the second new aircraft type that the airline introduces to its fleet in 2020. In March, it added the first widebody aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, intended for long-haul international operations.
Scheduled international flights remain suspended in India from March 23, 2020. However, since July, the airline has reportedly made several agreements, which would allow it to operate some international flights to countries including the United States, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, etc. Vistara is expected to deploy the brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Delhi-London route later in August 2020, local media reports indicate.
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