With very little notice, it looks as though Vistara’s long-haul operations may be about to take off…
Vistara ‘secures prized slots at London Heathrow’
At present, the Tata-Singapore Airlines airline has a single aircraft capable of flying non-stop to Europe - India’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which was delivered to Vistara in March.
The airline is also expected to receive its second 787-9 this month, though it is working with Boeing to delay delivery of some wide-body jets.
According to media reports, including in the Times of India, Vistara has secured valuable take-off and landing slots at London’s Heathrow airport - often favoured by airlines due to its superior options for connecting flights - and will begin flights as soon as this weekend.
India has established a so-called travel bubble with the UK which allows flights between the two countries (though there are restrictions on who can take them).
Per a report in Bangalore Aviation, Vistara intends to fly from Delhi to London Heathrow this Saturday, August 15 (Indian Independence Day).
Going forwards, Bangalore Aviation believes Vistara will operate a post-midnight departure from New Delhi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with a 7am arrival into London.
Schedules suggest the return flight would depart London around 2pm, and arrive to New Delhi at around 2.30am the next day.
Along with British Airways and Air India, Vistara now also appears on the official Heathrow website as a carrier serving Delhi (flying from Heathrow Terminal 2):
Press reports state that budget carrier SpiceJet has also secured slots at Heathrow and plans to launch its own Delhi-London flights next month.
We have contacted Vistara for comment and are awaiting confirmation of this news.