Vistara is perhaps one of the most keenly watched airline in India in a long while, all because they are the only new full-service carrier to have launched in the past few years in India. One of their innovation is the launch of a Premium Economy class, which I consider an Economy+ category.
However, two new pieces of information have emerged about their plans over the weekend. Firstly, the SimpliFlying blog reports that Vistara is almost ready to make an announcement on provision of Inflight Entertainment on their domestic segments:
There will also be an imminent announcement on In-Flight Entertainment, within the next 1-2 weeks. We are very excited by it because it is something new, something which is not offered in India at the moment. In the long term, we feel it can lead to a lot more possibilities.
While the airline itself has not commented on how will they offer IFE, the blog hazards a guess that this will be wi-fi based IFE. We’ll see how that goes.
Another news item doing the rounds today is on the Times of India network, where the airline talks about its international plans. It states:
Termed “Plan B”, the airline is eyeing long-haul flights to the west – US and Europe – when the government abolishes the current rule that a local airline must be five-year old and have a fleet of 20 planes to fly overseas.
Further, the CCO comments:
Almost 70% of India’s outbound traffic is west-bound. US will be interesting for us, especially routes like New York and Washington. America has Open Sky with India. Once 5/20 goes and the US Federal Aviation Administration upgrades the Indian directorate general of civil aviation, we will like to go there. Many cities in Europe will also be interesting for us. Indian carriers are underutilizing their flying rights for overseas destinations.
I’d say this is an interesting strategy, and maybe giving the other two airlines from India who fly abroad a little bit of a headache right now, since the aspirations of Vistara clearly seem to be focussed on making it big and not just being a marginal player in India’s civil aviation.
Do you think Vistara will go long haul anytime soon?