DELHI- TATA SIA Vistara (UK) Airlines has increased its daily flight operations to 300 daily flights starting this month. Deepak Rajawat, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, confirmed this development, noting that it marks a significant expansion in their operations.
Prior to this, Vistara was operating approximately 270 flights per day.
Vistara Operates 300 Daily Flights
Rajawat mentioned to FE that Vistara has been experiencing consistent demand across its network during the July-September quarter. This period is typically considered a weaker season for domestic travel, making the airline’s performance noteworthy.
Vistara has been experiencing consistent demand across its international network, particularly on its long-haul routes. Further, it has maintained steady traffic on domestic routes covering major cities and leisure destinations.
Currently, Vistara operates flights to 32 domestic and 15 international destinations, utilizing a fleet of 61 aircraft. This fleet includes 46 Airbus A320neo, 10 Airbus A321, and five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Rajawat mentioned that they recently received their fifth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner; two more are expected to be delivered in the coming months. These additions will enhance connectivity on long-haul routes and potentially introduce new destinations.
He further noted that Vistara allocates approximately 35% of its capacity to international routes and 65% within India.
The airline plans to increase its focus on international operations in the coming months, aiming to achieve a 40% share of international operations by the end of 2023.
Survey, Tests Ahead of Merger
Vistara (UK) is currently conducting aptitude tests for its workforce and has initiated a cultural survey in anticipation of its merger with Air India (AI).
The aptitude tests form an integral part of the selection process, aiding in the identification of suitable roles within the merged entity for Vistara employees, reported Hindu BusinessLine.
On Friday, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved Vistara’s merger with Air India. This approval will facilitate the alignment of the two airlines’ networks and schedules.
A full-scale merger is projected to be completed by the following June, contingent upon the receipt of all necessary regulatory clearances.
A uniform salary structure and seniority list have been established for pilots across all Tata group-affiliated airlines. Vistara has already conducted town hall meetings to elucidate the integration process for seniority lists.
Further, Vistara has enlisted the assistance of consulting firm Mercer for the fitment process. Subsequently, the airline currently employs approximately 5,500 individuals.
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