Tata SIA Airlines Ltd., which operates as Vistara, is planning to expand its network from Mumbai, having established operations with Delhi as its hub over the last 7 years.
The full-service airline currently operates more than 50 daily flights from Mumbai and five international flights. This number is expected to be scaled up when more aircraft join the fleet.
“Mumbai is of high strategic importance for Vistara and is the second-biggest hub for us after Delhi. We have already increased daily departures from 38 to 50 from Mumbai since the pandemic. It has also helped us in developing a dense feeder network enabling convenient international connections for our customers.”Vinod Kannan, CEO, Vistara
International destinations served from Mumbai include Singapore, Male and Dubai, while the Jeddah service will start from August 2.
More short-haul and long-haul sectors were in the works, including to Europe, he said. Currently, Vistara flies to Frankfurt, Paris and London from Delhi.
The carrier is also planning to enhance its international operations from Mumbai mainly to countries in the Gulf where yields are better.
The airline currently has a fleet of 53 aircraft, including two wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The fleet strength will increase to 70 by the end of 2023, Mr. Kannan said.
Recently, Vistara celebrated another milestone – expanding to a 50 aircraft strong fleet. The latest addition VT-TVE (an Airbus A321neo) was unveiled at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, with some of the company’s top bosses, including CEO Vinod Kannan, in attendance.
Vistara is scheduled to receive four more Dreamliners, which are expected to be deployed from Delhi and Mumbai in long-haul sectors. The Gulf sector will be served by narrow-body aircraft including the A321neo.
The airline plans to lease 4-5 Boeing Dreamliner planes, as the American plane maker is running slower-than-expected on deliveries. Vistara is waiting to receive four aircraft from Boeing’s 787 production line, but deliveries have been frozen globally since May 2021 due to quality-control shortcomings.
From the time the Tata group acquired Air India by the Tatas, speculation has been rife that Vistara’s operations would be integrated under Air India, which is a much stronger brand. But no announcements on the matter have been made.
(With Inputs from The Hindu)