Vistara announced its first international long haul routes on Wednesday

    Indian airline Vistara announced its new routes to London, Paris, and Frankfurt following an advisory on Wednesday. The carrier will operate these routes with a fleet of two Boeing 787-9 aircraft, with new business, premium economy and economy classes onboard.

    What is the announcement?

    According to Airways Magazine, the airline has decided to move forward with very enthusiastic international route plans. So far, Vistara has set in motion a plan to operate to London Heathrow from Delhi starting on August 12. Destinations such as Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, are on the papers as well but have yet to be authorized by the respective aviation authorities.

    Whether or not the route will go-ahead depends on the political situation between the two countries. Currently, India is still working to present a treaty between themselves and the United Kingdom. It has already come to an arrangement with France and the United States (although they have yet to set any routes to North America).

    Vistara currently operates other international routes to close-by countries, such as Bangkok, Colombo, Dubai, Kathmandu, and Singapore.

    What aircraft will Vistara use?

    Informed readers will know that Vistara has a short-haul narrowbody fleet. It is this new aircraft that they will use to fly the six-times-a-week route to London. The 787-9 has the range and the seating capacity for the journey to make it profitable. With a second aircraft on the way to be delivered next month, the airline is set to enter the higher world platform.

    What will the experience onboard be like?

    Luckily for us, Vistara has released some of the information about their new long-haul experience. 

    In the business class cabin, it can accommodate up to 30 passengers in a 1-2-1 configuration with 44 inches of space in between seats, each with a lie-flat seat and an 18-inch personal TV. Following this cabin, we have the premium economy section places 21 passengers in a 2-3-2 configuration with 38 inches of legroom. Lastly, the airline has 248 seats in the economy class with 31 inches of seat pitch in a 3-3-3 configuration.

    There are in-seat entertainment screens, USB/three-pin power, and WIFI throughout—a real luxury experience. Also, Vistara has earned the award of being the best airline in India for 3 years in a row. 

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