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.
|Sector||Flight No.||Days of Operation||Departure||Arrival|
|Delhi – London||UK015||Mon, Wed, Fri||02 15||06 55|
|London – Delhi||UK016||Mon, Wed, Fri||15 35||04 15 (+1)|
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.
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.
Starting at INR 15,198 (one way Delhi to London)
Starting at INR 28, 490 (one way Delhi to London)
Starting at INR 79, 954 (one way Delhi to London)
All fares mentioned were accurate at the time of writing and available to book through the Vistara mobile application.
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.