Today’s news in brief:
Vistara gets its first purchased A320neo aircraft from Airbus
On Saturday, Vistara received its first purchased A320neo in Delhi from Airbus’ production facility in France, the aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP engines. After the latest addition, the Vistara fleet has grown to 46 aircraft out of which 43 are leased, and the rest have been purchased.
There are a total of 36 A320 aircraft operating in Vistara, however this is the first one that the airline has purchased. It is part of the 13 Airbus A320neo purchased in 2018.
“The Airbus A320 is an integral part of our fleet and growth story, and this particular aircraft is, indeed, special. It mirrors the maturity that Vistara has achieved in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of time, continuing to steadily grow in scale, size and operational assets,” said Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara.
Vistara’s latest A320neo aircraft comes with a total of 164 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, including eight seats in business class, while premium economy and economy are allocated 24 and 132 seats respectively.
The new set of A320neo aircraft come with a higher range capability at 77-tonnes of maximum take-off weight. This will enable Vistara to fly longer regional international routes without payload restrictions.
International flight ban in India extended till June 30, 2021
With no end in sight to the pandemic, the civil aviation authority in India hasn’t been clear on its stance regarding the suspension of commercial travel, with the travel restrictions getting extended in a cyclical fashion leaving the airlines in limbo.
In the circular dated 28/05/21, DGCA has extended the ban on international travel till June 30, 2021. In addition, it has also mentioned that the restriction “shall not” apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
The second wave of Covid-19 has severely affected India, in the wake of which, more than 20 countries, including UK, UAE, Canada, and Australia have already shut the travel doors on India for time being. Note that the air bubbles agreed with various countries are still in place and repatriation flights are also being operated.
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