Hyderabad: Vistara plans to start international services in the second half of this year with a fleet of 22 aircraft and the first overseas flight will be to South East Asia, a top airline official said today. The full-service carrier, which currently has 19 planes, would be getting the 20th aircraft this month, according to its CEO Leslie Thng.
Vistara to Start International Flights From Second Half of 2018
Speaking on the sidelines of the 'Wings India 2018' event, he said the likely destinations for international operations would be regional having duration of 3-5 hours, adding that the first flight would be to South East Asia.
"Within 1-2 years of our international operations, we expect to start medium haul destinations. In my perspective, it (medium haul) is 5-9 hours. Of course, Vistara is interested to go long haul... So long haul India to USA is something which we are interested in but we will do it at the right time," the Vistara chief said.
He also emphasised that at this moment, the airline does not have a fixed time-line for flying long-haul flights. While noting that Vistara does not have any intention to join any alliance at the moment, Leslie Thng said the airline is working on having bilateral relationship with other carriers.
"We are definitely working very hard get more codeshares," he added.