With international service suspended, Vistara doesn’t have too many options for its brand new Boeing 787-9, so the Dreamliner is cropping up on a domestic route.
Dreamliner to operate Delhi - Kolkata flights
Vistara resumed Delhi - Kolkata flights today, using India’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in an attempt to satisfy demand on the route.
Kolkata airport is reported to be only allowing 10 arrivals and 10 departures per day, meaning long-haul aircraft play an important role when airport slots are restricted.
The Dreamliner will also be used on Friday’s flight, so book now if you want to try out the new plane. Tomorrow’s Delhi - Kolkata return flight, taking around two hours each way, will operate as follows:
Some lucky passengers will even get to enjoy flat bed seating in the spacious long-haul business class cabin. According to Vistara’s website, the Delhi - Kolkata leg can be booked for INR 20,000 (USD 264), and there are five seats left:
Vistara’s chief commercial officer, Vinod Kannan, commented:
“To travel is an innate human need that cannot be avoided for too long. We are seeing reasonable demand on some of the routes and are happy to add more flights to fly people home and help them reunite with their loved ones. This also enabled us to deploy India’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Delhi-Kolkata route on 28 and 29 May 2020. For some time, we see people undertaking only essential travel, as leisure and business travel may still take a while to return. Meanwhile, flyers are also getting acquainted to the new SOPs and guidelines from the government and realising that flying remains the safest way to travel. We remain optimistic about the future of the Indian aviation sector and will do everything possible to ensure that together with our customers, we make flying feel safe again.”
New safety procedures
Last week we wrote about how Vistara is introducing new safety procedures now that domestic flights have resumed.
In compliance with government guidelines, Vistara is taking steps to minimise contact between passengers and staff. The measures include the temporary suspension of the on-board meal service, even in business class.
All Vistara staff (including cabin crew) will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times, including protective gowns, face masks and face shields for cabin crew.
Disinfectant and cleaning of aircraft will be stepped up, while planes will fly with surgical masks, gloves, sanitizer wipes, and contactless infrared thermometers.
Web check-in and self-printing of boarding pass and baggage tags will be mandatory for all passengers, and new baggage limitations mean only one check-in bag and one piece of carry-on baggage will be allowed.
With Kolkata airport restricting the number of arrivals and departures each day, Vistara is making a smart move by deploying its brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route.
Having a flat bed seat on a wide-body jet is a luxury for such a short flight, and tomorrow’s business class passengers will be scoring a good deal.
Anyone travelling on Vistara’s Dreamliner tomorrow?