Full-service carrier Vistara has inaugurated daily non-stop flights between Mumbai and Abu Dhabi as part of the airline’s business expansion, its Chief Executive Officer Vinod Kannan has said. The inaugural Vistara flight from Mumbai took off at 19:10 Hours (IST) and arrived in Abu Dhabi at 2040 Hours on Saturday, October 1.
“The airline has been steadily strengthening our presence in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf region. We are excited to add Abu Dhabi to our growing international network. UAE’s flourishing business, trade, and tourism make Abu Dhabi a perfect fit for our network. We are confident that travellers will appreciate the choice of flying India and South Asia’s best airline on this route.”Vinod Kannan, CEO, Vistara
The three-hour flight made Vistara the first airline to offer premium economy class seating along this route in addition to its economy and award-winning business class. The route will be operated once daily, with an aircraft departing from and returning to BOM daily.
The airline, which is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited, has a fleet of 53 aircraft and has flown more than 35 million customers since starting operations. Schedule of flights to/from Abu Dhabi, effective from October 1, will be Mumbai-Abu Dhabi (flight UK 0255) Daily 1910 Hrs 2040 Hrs and Abu Dhabi-Mumbai (flight UK 0256) Daily 2140 Hrs 0235 Hrs (+1).
Registration VT-TQH, an Airbus A320neo, conducted the initial flight. The airline will likely continue using its Airbus A320 family members, as the route is short, and it has far more of this aircraft type than the Boeing 737. The airline currently has five B737s, two B787-9 Dreamliners, 41 A320s, and five A321neos.
Since its first flight in 2015, Vistara’s fleet of 53 aircraft has successfully transported over 35 million passengers. In keeping with the airline’s high standards, all of its aircraft have multiple cabin classes. It has grown to be a highly recognised airline that aims to provide South Asia’s most prestigious services.
To support its expansion plans, the young airline is looking to add more aircraft in the upcoming years. Regardless of the aircraft selected for the route, this most recent route addition will provide one of the most comfortable flight experiences between the two locations.