Full service carrier Vistara, On Thursday inaugurated services to/from Doha, under the Government of India’s ‘Transport Bubble’ agreement between India and Qatar.
Vistara is the only airline to offer the choice of Premium Economy class of travel on the route, in addition to Business class and Economy class. The inaugural flight departed yesterday from Delhi at 8 p.m. and landed in Doha at 9.45 p.m. (AST).
The flight returned from Doha at 10.45 p.m. (AST) yesterday, landing in Delhi (DEL) at 0510 hrs (IST) today. The airline will operate special, non-stop flights twice a week between Delhi and Doha.
— Vistara (@airvistara) November 19, 2020
Widening Global Footprint
Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leslie Thng, said, “Doha is a significant addition to our network as it helps us in widening our global footprint while strengthening our presence in the Middle-East. We are glad to be able to continue expanding our network, amidst the challenges of the present day and take India’s only five-star airline to more and more destinations.”
Vistara will accept all eligible customers meeting visa/entry requirements in both the countries, as specified by the respective government bodies. Vistara strongly encourages its customers to fully understand the relevant guidelines before making their bookings.
Raising The Bar
Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and Tripadvisor and has also been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards. In a short span of over five years since starting operations, Vistara has raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry by offering the finest flying experience to travelers.
Vistara Schedule between Delhi and Doha
|Sector||Flight No.||Days of Operation||Departure||Arrival|
|Delhi (DEL) – Doha (DOH)||UK 283||Thurday, Sunday||2000 Hours||2145 Hours|
|Doha (DOH) – Delhi (DEL)||UK 284||Thursday, Sunday||2245 Hours||0510 Hours (+1)|
|(+1) indicates next day arrival
* All timings shown are in local time zones
** The above schedule is for the period 19 Nov 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
Vistara Eyes Direct Flights To US
Owned by Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, Vistara is eyeing direct flights to the United States as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes demand for non-stop travel, Vinod Kannan told Reuters on Friday.
While the specific timeframe and aircraft requirements are yet to be finalised, Vistara is studying various scenarios for starting direct flights, Kannan said in an interview. By mid-2023, Vistara expects 20 per cent to 30 per cent of its total seat capacity to be deployed on international routes from less than 10 per cent last year.
Its fleet is expected to grow to 70 planes from 47 to 48 planes by the end of the current fiscal year, he said.
Meanwhile, Vistara, is in the process of reviewing delivery timelines for a $3.1 billion jet order it placed in 2018 amid a fresh wave of covid-19 cases worldwide that is likely to delay recovery of international travel, the airline’s chief commercial officer said last week.
TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name Vistara, is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA).
Vistara brings together Tata’s and SIA’s legendary hospitality and renowned service excellence to offer the finest full-service flying experience in India. The airline commenced its commercial operations on January 9, 2015, with an aim to set new standards in the aviation industry in India and it today connects destinations across India and abroad.
The airline has a fleet of 43 aircraft, including 33 Airbus A320, two Airbus A321neo, six Boeing B737-800NG, and two Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and has flown more than 20 million customers since starting operations.