Vistara Opens Bookings To Tokyo-Haneda From June 16

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A Vistara 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft landing in Everett in 2019. Source: Jeniffer Schuld/Twitter.

Vistara, the full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, on Monday announced special, non-stop flights between Delhi (DEL) and Tokyo (HND) starting June 16, 2021.

The airline will fly once a week between the two capital cities under India’s travel bubble agreement with Japan.

The airline will use its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with three-class cabin configuration to serve the route. This makes it the only Indian carrier to offer the choice of flying Premium Economy class in addition to Business and Economy cabins.

Vistara Trains Crew in Japanese

The airline has also trained its cabin crew in the Japanese language to extend the warmth of true Indian hospitality to travellers from Japan.

Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Far East has been an extremely important geography for our global expansion from the beginning for its tremendous growth potential.”

Mr. Thng added that they were delighted to add Japan to their international network, under the travel bubble and look forward to providing the best of Indian hospitality while maintaining the highest standards of safety and hygiene for our customers on this sector.

Bookings for the flights are being progressively opened on all channels, including Vistara’s website, mobile app, and through travel agents. Introductory, all-inclusive, round-trip fares between Delhi and Tokyo are as follows:

Route Economy Premium Economy Business
Delhi–Tokyo-Delhi INR 45,049 INR 73,699 INR 150,399
Tokyo–Delhi-Tokyo JPY 90,099 JPY 184,699 JPY 410,999

Vistara will accept all eligible customers meeting visa/entry requirements in both countries, as specified by the respective government bodies. Vistara strongly encourages its customers to fully understand these guidelines before making their bookings.

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 six years since starting operations, Vistara has raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry by offering the world-class flying experience to travellers.

Vistara signed a codeshare agreement with JAL just last year, opening up more opportunities in East Asia. The airlines have had a Memorandum of Understanding since 2017, even before Vistara started international flights, signaling their ambitions, simpleflying reported.

Currently, the codeshare extends to JAL flights from Tokyo to Delhi and Bangalore, and Vistara and JAL connecting flights in India and Japan.

At the beginning of 2020, with Vistara getting its first 787-9 the first possible long-haul routes to Tokyo was anticipated. Japan is a market with an opportunity for expansion from India.

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo seemed ready to go and Vistara was expected to jump in on the rise in demand. That however did not happen and the aviation world was hit by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vistara had earlier filed for required permissions with the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to fly to starting September this year. International flights are governed by Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and India and the United States have an open skies agreement, which means there are no restrictions either on capacity or number of flights between any two points between the two countries.

As long as the airlines are designated carriers and cleared by both regulators, the airlines are free to fly subject to slots.

Vistara would join a long list of carriers that have in recent years grown by routes served between the two countries. While currently airlines are barred from carrying traffic via hubs, this is not a permanent arrangement.

Yet, the pandemic could see people opt for non-stops over a transfer at hubs to ensure that one does not come in contact with more people while connecting flights.

Moneycontrol reported that while Vistara has been silent in stating the airports where it wishes to fly in the United States, it would be almost certain that it operates the flights from New Delhi, which is its hub in India.


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