Vistara has become the first airline in India to add Airbus A321LR to its fleet. The long-range variant of the Airbus A320neo arrived in Delhi on 4 February 2023 from Airbus’ production facility in Hamburg, Germany. The airlines commenced services to Goa’s Manohar International Airport, connecting it to Bengaluru with direct daily flights and 6x weekly flights to and from Mumbai. Vistara already flies to Dabolim Airport from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
With an increased maximum take-off weight of 97 tonnes and the third auxiliary center fuel tank, enabling the aircraft to cover a more extended range; the Airbus A321LR opens an array of possibilities for Vistara as it focuses on expanding its international network.
Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We are excited to welcome our first A321LR to our growing fleet. This addition reiterates our stronger focus on international expansion, and enables us to offer longer-range connectivity to our customers while also maintaining greater fuel efficiency.”
“At Vistara, we remain committed to offering better connectivity to our customers by densifying our domestic network. The commencement of our operations at the Manohar International Airport will enhance our footprint in Goa and will enable us to better facilitate the growing traffic. We are certain that customers looking for direct connectivity to North Goa will appreciate the option of flying India’s most loved airline.”
Powered by next-generation CFM LEAP-1A engines that ensure enhanced operational efficiency along with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, the addition of the A321LR is in line with Vistara’s commitment to minimising impact on the environment by maintaining a fleet of young and fuel-efficient aircraft. The airline recently bagged ch-aviation Asia’s 3rd Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award for the second consecutive year.
The A321LR aircraft has 188 seats in Vistara’s three-class cabin configuration – 12 lie-flat seats in Business Class, 24 seats in Premium Economy, and 152 in Economy Class. All seats are equipped with 4-way adjustable headrests, in-seat power/USB charging ports, a state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system featuring a multimedia library with up to 700 hours of content, and onboard Wi-Fi to accentuate the overall in-flight experience for the passengers.
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