March 2020 \ Business & Investment \ BUSINESS AND GOVERNANCE
Dreamliner may help Vistara expand: CEO

With five years of operations ...

By Subhash Narayan
  • Mr Leslie Thng

With five years of operations under its belt, Tata Group-Singapore Airlines backed passenger carrier Vistara is now looking to double its international ports of call in 2020. In an interaction post taking delivery of first wide-body Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft at the Boeing facility in Everett, Vistara CEO Leslie Thng said the airline is looking at several international ports to start its long haul operations and the new aircraft may run its first commercial international flight either to Europe or to the far eastern region.

At present, the airline operates to Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok and Colombo and will commence services to Kathmandu. But these routes are serviced by its narrow bodied aircraft. The Dreamliner 787-9 is the first aircraft to be operated by a domestic airline and is the first wide-body plane in Vistara’s fleet. All other 39 planes in its fleet are narrow-body planes such as A320s and B737s.