Vistara 787-9 Dreamliner at Paine Field Airport in Everett, WA
Image Credit: Nickolas Sheeder

New Delhi: Vistara, a 51/49 joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Group, announced that it will be launching London as their first long destination using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This announcement comes after the recent air bubble travel agreement between India and the United Kingdom, where Vistara will be operating three weekly flights between New Delhi (DEL) and London Heathrow (LHR) starting from 28 August 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Schedule:

SectorFlight No.Days of OperationDepartureArrival
Delhi – LondonUK015Mon, Wed, Fri02 1506 55
London – DelhiUK016Mon, Wed, Fri15 3504 15 (+1)
(+1) represents next day. All times are in local time zones.

Vistara boasts of a matured domestic network serving close to 30 destinations and this will help in providing feeder traffic for the London flights out of Delhi.

Vistara domestic route map. Image credit: Vistara

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has a total of 299 seats, in a three-class configuration, equipped with best in class In-flight entertainment systems and onboard WiFi.

Economy

Starting at INR 15,198 (one way Delhi to London)

Vistara 787-9 economy class seat Image credit: Vistara

Premium Economy

Starting at INR 28, 490 (one way Delhi to London)

Vistara 787-9 premium economy class seat Image credit: Vistara

Business

Starting at INR 79, 954 (one way Delhi to London)

Vistara 787-9 business class seat Image credit: Vistara

All fares mentioned were accurate at the time of writing and available to book through the Vistara mobile application.

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Video tour of the Vistara 787-9 Dreamliner

The India to London nonstop market has been underserved ever since the demise of Jet Airways. This new offering from Vistara makes more sense, as passengers in the current global health crisis prefer non-stop flights over one-stop connections through the Middle East or other European points.

Currently, Air India operates Vande Bharat (Government of India Repatriation) flights to London Heathrow (LHR) from Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Amritsar. Additionally, British Airways has also started operating flights to London Heathrow (LHR) from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

Vistara has codeshare agreements with British Airways and United Airlines, both are established full-service premium carriers at London Heathrow. It would be interesting to see if they would use Heathrow as a hub to feed passengers on either airlines’ network in the future.

The airline had earlier announced its plans to add more European destinations like Paris (CDG) and Frankfurt (FRA) in the coming months as global air travel demand picks up slowly.

Ram Kumar J K
Ram Kumar J K

An avid plane spotter and a passionate aviation analyst. Travels frequently on various airlines in Asia, Europe, and North America.

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