The chief executive of Vistara has cautioned against overreacting to the coronavirus outbreak after taking delivery of the airline’s first wide-body jet.
Speaking onboard Vistara’s maiden Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft at Boeing’s Washington facility on Friday, Lelsie Thng said: “When an airline buys an aircraft, we don't look at a time frame of three months or six months, this aircraft will last for at least 15-20 years or so. It is a long-term investment.
“Indians want to travel to many other parts of the world. The wide-body aircraft that we are bringing will be able to cater to this growing demand in the long-term.”
Vistara has posted images of its new 787-9 cabins on Twitter, including shots of its Stelia Aerospace Symphony seats, set up in a 1-2-1 configuration and offering aisle access for all passengers in business class.
The same seats can be found on Singapore Airlines’ regional planes, as well as on Turkish Airlines’ 787 Dreamliners.
Business class passengers can look forward to a 44” seat pitch with a fully-flat 76” bed, as well ambient lighting and an 18” HD personal entertainment screen.
As well as a personal stowage compartment, there are AC and USB power outlets.
Vistara is expected to fly its new 787-9 on the Delhi-Mumbai sector in March while crews become acquainted with the new aircraft. If you have a domestic flight with Vistara this month, you may just score a fantastic upgrade.
It’s not known which destinations Vistara will serve with its flagship new jet, though London and Tokyo are obvious choices.
Are you excited about Vistara’s new long-haul business class?