Just five weeks after submitting its application the US Department of Transportation, India’s Vistara received tentative approval to begin operations to the United States. Assuming no objections from other carriers a final decision could be delivered by the end of the month. The carrier previously indicated its intentions to start service as soon as September 2021.
The carrier currently schedules the 787-9 fleet to Frankfurt and London. Paris was also tipped as a destination, though it has not yet been scheduled. Flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport are slated to launch mid-month.
Vistara did not mention specific route(s) planned for operation. It did, however, state that the existing 787 fleet would be used for the service.
That decision could be made more complicated by a lack of crew rest bunks in the existing aircraft. Those will be needed for the longer routes to the USA where augmented crews staffing is required. Or the company could block seats in the cabin for rest, but that is generally less than ideal, especially with the relatively small business class cabin on board.
Vistara’s long-haul operations offer three classes of service on board, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy. Given the partial ownership and management stake it should not come as too much of a surprise to learn that the Vistara 787 interior is very, very similarly fitted to that of Singapore Airlines, though with a few local tweaks.
In Business Class passengers will be treated to the Stelia Symphony seat. It expands to a 76″ lie-flat bed, bringing comfort to the long-haul routes.
The 1-2-1 staggered layout provides all passengers with direct aisle access while maintaining privacy and an option for couples traveling together to talk during the flight.
Premium economy passengers on the new Vistara 787 will see a 2-3-2 layout with 37″ pitch between rows. The seats also feature a 13″ HD IFE screen, 6-way headrest, footrest and AC/USB power outlets.
The seats are a version of the Recaro PL3530 premium economy product.
Economy class passengers flying long-haul with Vistara will receive a relatively typical 787 economy class experience the 3-3-3 layout and 31″ pitch are industry standards at this time.
Passengers will also have USB power, 12″ HD IFE screens and a 6-way headrest for increased comfort on the overnight flights.
Vistara is using the Recaro CL3710 for economy class seats.
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