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Vistara Adds Mumbai to Paris Flights
The airline is connecting another European city with Mumbai.
Vistara is marking its ninth year of operations in India. In its nine years of existence, it has grown significantly. The airline was initially just a small carrier within India that formed a joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines. For a while, it was currently the only other full-service carrier in India besides Air India.
Today, the airline has a fleet of 67 aircraft and a growing its international presence. The carrier will also be folded into the other Tata-run airline, Air India, sometime in 2024 as the Tata Group seeks to streamline operations of the airlines that it runs in the country.
While the merger is almost a done deal with regulatory approval expected later this year, Vistara continued on its path towards growth, announcing a new Mumbai to Paris flight that will operate five times a week.
Service will begin on March 28 and will seek to complement Vistara’s other route to Paris from New Delhi which it has been operating since 2021. This new flight to Paris will be the airline’s third long-haul destination from Mumbai, as it also operates flights to London and Frankfurt.
The flight will be operated using one of Vistara’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in a three-class configuration, including business, premium economy, and economy.
Flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Mumbai departing at 2:05 p.m. from Mumbai and arriving in Paris at 8:10 p.m. on the same day.
The reverse will operate on the same days departing Paris at 10:10 p.m. and arriving in Mumbai the next morning at 10:35 a.m.
Merger with Air India
Vistara has shown steady growth over its nine years in existence. There are still future growth plans ahead as it waits for the final Dreamliner to be delivered by April 2024.
It’s also expected that the airline will start operating a Pune to Dubai flight to capitalize on growing demand between the two cities. This would be the second international destination on Vistara out of Pune with the other being Singapore.
As this growth happens the airline is also preparing for its merger with Air India. The merger still has to undergo regulatory approval, but the government is expected to grant the approval for the airlines to merge. As with all airline mergers, it will take time. While regulatory approval will happen later this year the actual operational merger could stretch into 2025.
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