LONDON – The Indian full-service carrier, Vistara, has announced that it would be increasing its frequencies to Frankfurt and Paris a few days after receiving a third leased Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Frequencies on these routes were recently canceled due to production problems on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by the aircraft manufacturer.
Flights between Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport and Frankfurt Airport will now operate 6x weekly, doubling its current capacity. They will be operated on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
UK25 departs Delhi (DEL) at 13:55 (IST) and arrives in Frankfurt (FRA) at 18:45 (CET).
UK26 departs Frankfurt (FRA) at 21:40 (CET) and arrives in Delhi (DEL) at 10:20 IST +1.
Vistara’s flights between Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport and Paris Charles De Gaulle will run 5 times a week, with services on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
UK21 departs Delhi (DEL) at 13:45 (IST) and arrives in Paris (CDG) at 18:40 (CET).
UK22 departs Paris (CDG) at 21:45 (CET) and arrives in Delhi (DEL) at 10:30 (IST) +1.
Vistara currently has three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in service, two of which were delivered in 2020, and four of them on order and are expected to be delivered in 12-18 months according to a source.
The airline was supposed to have received their Dreamliners much earlier, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and production issues with the Dreamliner program, it left them with two of the type delivered.
Despite the deliveries coinciding with the pandemic, the carrier deployed the widebodies to destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, and, for a short while, Tokyo.
Vistara have recently announced that they have leased a third aircraft while awaiting the remaining orders of the type. It is expected to be with the airline for a period of two to three years to help increase capacity and services to destinations around the world, especially on their long haul services.
The leased aircraft offers 272 seats across three classes, comprised of 30 business, 36 premium economy, and 226 economy class seats. It also features fully-flat business class seats with direct aisle access and a cutting-edge Panasonic High Definition in-flight entertainment system.
The future of Vistara
With Vistara aiming to get back up to pre-pandemic levels and also trying to rapidly grow their network map, the airline has increased their services to many destinations within the past few months.
Last weekend they announced that they would begin direct daily services from Mumbai-Muscat, while also launching daily flights between Mumbai and Abu Dhabi, and a twice weekly Mumbai-Dhaka service launched in October and November.
The latest international network expansion comes off the back of ongoing speculation with regards to the Tata Group’s amalgamation of its airline stable, which includes Vistara, into one airline conglomerate under the Air India name.
Vistara have been doing a very positive performance for the last while and the airline hopes to continue this into the winter especially with another Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft being added to the fleet.
Since 2019, the carrier has added 25% more flights and are expected to increase once Boeing finds a solution to their production issues, and allows the remaining ordered aircraft to be delivered to the airline.