Vistara on Wednesday, May 11 reinstated the salaries and flying allowance of its pilots to pre-pandemic levels as its flight operations are recovering “at an unprecedented pace”.
“Further to reinstating the monthly bonus for all pilots from April 2022, subject to the average global active hours for the preceding month being at least 70, I am very pleased to announce that the base flying allowance (BFA) reduction is also reinstated.
In March, I wrote to you about the recovery of the industry that we were observing and the hope that it would be sustained. It appears that this has been the case
While we are cognizant of certain challenges that are still being faced by the industry in general, the situation is a lot more positive than it was at this time last year.”Captain Hamish Maxwell, Senior Vice President-Flight Operations, Vistara
Average global active hours indicate the aircraft utilisation rate for flight operations. Maxwell said an amount equivalent to the reduction in BFA will be added to the monthly bonus and paid to eligible pilots from April 1.
“As a result of this recovery our operations have increased at an unprecedented pace, which has only been possible because of the commitment and flexibility that each of you has shown,” he said, adding that throughout the challenging period, they demonstrated seemingly boundless resilience and resolve, and for that, the entire leadership team is extremely grateful.
Europe focus point for Vistara
Vistara is looking to scale its international operations. It expanded its international offering with daily flights between London and New Delhi this month and has said that a second flight would be on the cards once more aircraft and slots become available.
Constrained by the non-availability of more Dreamliners, Vistara pointed out that if it did have more widebodies, Europe would definitely be a focal point, with not only London receiving a second daily flight from Delhi, but Paris and Frankfurt moving up to daily services as well.
Down the line, the US is also a key market that Vistara has its eyes firmly set on.
Vistara, which launched in the UK amid the pandemic in August 2020, hopes its hub-and-spoke model and codeshares with several leading airlines, including British Airways, will prove popular with travellers as international travel gradually opens up in the wake of COVID restrictions.