NEW DELHI :
Full-service carrier Vistara will add nine aircraft by March 2020, the airline said on Monday.
The airline will induct six more A320neo aircraft by December 2019, following which Vistara will get two wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, it had ordered last year, and one Airbus A321neo between January and March 2020, Vistara said in a statement.
“With this, from 22 aircraft in March 2019, the airline will take the fleet size to 42 by March 2020," it added.
Vistara has 26 Airbus A320 and nine Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, according to its website. It will return two Boeing 737-800 NG planes, currently on lease, early next year.
In the last seven months, Vistara, the joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, added several domestic and international destinations to its network.
These include Bangkok (Thailand), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dibrugarh, Dubai (UAE), Indore, Jodhpur, Khajuraho, Patna, Singapore, Thiruvananthapuram and Udaipur.
Vistara operates about 1,400 flights a week now, up 70% from the 800 it operated at the end of March.
“With our fleet expansion, we will continue to grow our domestic and international network, including the commencement of medium- and long-haul international flights in 2020," Vistara’s chief executive Leslie Thng said in the statement.
The Gurugram-headquartered airline launched its first international flights in August starting with Singapore. The airline is also looking to start long-haul flights to Europe and Australia next year.
However, in FY20, Vistara will keep focusing on growth in South-East Asia and West Asia, and look at long-haul flights only after receiving its wide-body planes next year, Vistara’s Thng had said in an interview in August.
During July 2018, Vistara had ordered 19 aircraft worth $3.1 billion from Airbus SE and Boeing Co. While it will use the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) aircraft on long-haul international routes, it will fly Airbus A321 planes on medium-haul routes, and Airbus A320s on short-haul international routes.