Vistara, Indian full-service carrier and a JV of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, today took delivery of its first wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, marking a significant milestone for India’s only five-star airline. The new aircraft will depart Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center at 0800 Hours PST on 28 February 2020 and arrive in India at 1400 Hours IST on 29 February 2020. With this, Vistara also becomes India’s first airline to fly Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Commenting on this milestone occasion, Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Leslie Thng said, “This aircraft delivery marks a new phase of growth for Vistara and unlocks our potential to become one of world’s best airlines. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is one of world’s most technologically advanced aircraft. We are delighted to add it to our growing fleet with a brand new wide-body product designed to global standards, hence offering the ‘new feeling of flying’ to our customers across the world.”
“Vistara has shown their commitment to bringing a full-service luxury flying experience to the growing Indian market and we are honoured they chose the 787 Dreamliner to inaugurate their widebody operations and drive their global growth. Vistara’s faith and confidence in the Dreamliner speaks to the airplane’s unparalleled fuel efficiency, range flexibility and ability to create new city pairs, allowing the airline to connect India domestically, regionally and beyond,” said Mr. Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company.
The new aircraft is the first of six that Vistara purchased from Boeing. The second Vistara Dreamliner is currently on the production line and will be delivered soon.
“We will use the Boeing 787 Dreamliners to soon begin flying long-haul routes, providing authentic Indian hospitality to customers in a modern, global setting”, added Mr. Thng.