Vistara plans to begin its maiden international operations from the second half of 2018. Speaking at a media briefing, Leslie Thng, CEO added that initially the airline will fly to regional destinations located within two to four hours’ range from the Indian bases.
The airline has plans of expanding on a bigger scale in the next two years.
As per earlier reports, the carrier’s initial destinations could include Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok, and Singapore. Meanwhile the medium-haul destinations could include airports in Europe, North East Asia, and South East Asia.
Thng did not rule out the possibility of launching a direct service between India and the United States.
The initial phase of the carrier’s international expansion will be based upon Vistara’s existing fleet of narrowbody Airbus jets. Vistara expects to announce a widebody order by the end of 2018.
“When I talk about starting international operations in the second half of 2018, these will be operated with the aircraft that we have. We will definitely acquire different aircraft types to be able to support the medium haul missions. Which means we are reviewing the future aircraft type for Vistara,” Thng said.