Vistara eyes expansion on International routes
01 Apr 2015
  • Tata-SIA owned full-service airline, Vistara Airways plans to expand to its fleet and go international in next two years, its CEO said on Tuesday, following an expected change in rules that could allow new carriers to operate abroad.

  • Vistara is looking-forward to procure new narrow and wide-bodied aircrafts to expand its fleet on the domestic routes and start flying to the Gulf and eventually to the Europe and the US, Phee Teik Yeoh said.

  • “There are lots of opportunities. Suddenly when the 5/20 rule goes away it’s a new ball game,” he told Reuters in an interview.

  • Under the current 5/20 rule, an airline must procure a 20 aircraft fleet and serve the domestic sector for atleast five years to be eligible to fly abroad.

  • “Seventy percent of international traffic that Indians travel is westwards. This is where our focus will be,” Yeoh said.

  • The size and the timing of the new plane order would depend on the government revising current restrictions. The new rules proposed by the ministry will require airlines to earn credits operating domestic routes to entitle them to operate overseas.

  • Vistara will be the only airline after Jet Airways and Air India to offer full-service on international routes.



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