India’s most awaited airline,VISTARA is facing initial turbulence in getting scheduled airline permit from DGCA. VISTARA has postponed the delivery of its 3rd aircraft by over a month.
VISTARA AIR is a 51:49 joint venture between TATA SONS and Singapore Airlines. It will be connecting eleven cities within a year viz. Delhi,Goa,Mumbai,Bangalore,Hyderabad,Ahmedabad,Jammu,Srinagar,Patna and Chandigarh.VISTARA AIR is based out of New Delhi.There is a initial investment of $100 Million out of which 51% stakes are with TATA Sons.
VISTARA had applied to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the scheduled operator permit (SOP) in April and had planned to launch the services in September 2014. Air Asia & Vistara has faced opposition from other airlines in India.
Airlines has received two aircraft and everything is setup except the scheduled airline pilot.
VISTARA Airlines Aircraft
The airline has been facing legal hurdles because the previous UPA government’s decision to approve the joint venture has been challenged in the Delhi High Court saying the 49 per cent FDI rule in aviation does not allow a new airline with FDI, but only to existing airlines. The court is yet to pronounce its view on the petition.
Vistara will be flying Airbus Aircraft. The first aircraft is expected by this month.Vistara airline will be offering two-and-a-half class configurations across its aircraft – Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class seats. Hopefully there will be inaugral discounts and will be used maximum by the staff of Tata Sons across its network.It will be offering a luxurious trip for the corporate executives and other rich people. This airlines is an expansion of TATA’s aviation network in the country.