Vistara, full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, will operate special, non-stop flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow from January 16, 2021.
Vistara Ramps Up Service
The airline will operate these special flights thrice a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, complementing its recently-launched service between Delhi and London Heathrow as part of the ‘transport bubble’ agreement between India and the UK.
The flights will be operated on Vistara’s brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, offering world-class service and hospitality in Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. Bookings for these flights are being progressively opened on all channels, including Vistara’s website, mobile app, and through travel agents.
Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We are delighted at the very positive response to our service between Delhi and London Heathrow which has encouraged us to further strengthen the network by adding connectivity from Mumbai as we see considerable demand between the two countries, and remain optimistic about the future. Vistara is well-positioned with its brand new fleet, world-class cabin products, award-winning service, and more importantly, the trust of our customers.”
Starting all-inclusive, round-trip fares between Mumbai and London are as follows:
|Mumbai-London-Mumbai||INR 46,799||INR 77,899||INR 157,599|
|London-Mumbai-London||GBP 439||GBP 679||GBP 1,309|
Schedule of Flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow
|Sector||Flight No.||Days of Operation||Departure||Arrival|
|Mumbai – London Heathrow||UK 011||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||1315 Hrs||1735 Hrs|
|London Heathrow – Mumbai||UK 012||Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday||2020 Hrs||1055 Hrs (+1)|
|(+1) indicates next day arrival
* All timings shown are in local time zones
** The above schedule is for the period 16 Jan 2021 – 27 Mar 2021
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 these guidelines before making their bookings.
The Vistara experience on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner includes seats that recline into fully flat beds in business class, complimentary food and beverages in all cabins and cutting-edge in-flight entertainment covering 700+ hours of entertainment across films, TV shows, audio compilations and much more. Vistara is also offering complimentary Wi-Fi internet connectivity onboard, allowing customers to stay connected throughout their flight.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vistara has taken several measures to ensure highest levels of hygiene across touchpoints. This includes Vistara’s cabin crew wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times and avoiding all non-essential interaction with passengers.
Aircraft interiors are thoroughly disinfected after every flight using approved cleaning agents – a procedure that includes thorough sanitization of all surfaces such as seats, touchscreens, overhead bins, seatbelts, tray tables, galleys, etc. The airline has also introduced a new food & beverage service for all its customers, in line with the regulatory guidelines.
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 have brought together Tata’s and SIA’s legendary hospitality and renowned service excellence to offer a full-service flying experience in India.
Vistara 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.
Flight services form Delhi to Doha were launched last week and has also started its flight services between Delhi and Bangladesh on November 5, 2020.
Although scheduled international flights in India have been banned since March this year, the country has signed air bubble agreements with 17 other countries in July in order to operate special passenger flights to other countries, including the UK with certain restrictions in place.
Vistara has inaugurated air travel to many other countries as the government has introduced the Vande Bharat Mission and is now looking to start direct flights between India and the US. So far, only Air India has been operating direct flights between India and the US but with rising demand for non-stop travel during COVID-19, Vistara too, is considering to start its operations.