Vistara reaches one million passengers just before first birthday; serves 12 destinations with fleet of nine 148-seat A320s
On 9 January 2015 Vistara operated its first commercial service between Delhi and Mumbai. The Indian carrier, a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited (51%) and Singapore Airlines Limited (49%), is not an LCC, with its fleet of A320s configured with 148 seats; 16 in Business Class, 36 in Premium Economy and 96 in Economy Class. The airline’s ninth aircraft was delivered in late November. Just before Christmas the airline carried its one millionth passenger, having passed the 500,000 passenger milestone in mid-August. Passenger numbers have risen steadily during 2015 with November not only being the airline’s busiest month to date with 136,000 passengers, but also recording the highest monthly load factor so far, of 72.2%.
According to Indian government statistics the airline’s share of the Indian domestic market in Q1 was just 0.5%, rising to 1.3% in Q2 and 1.4% in Q3. Where the airline does score well is with regard to punctuality. In November Vistara recorded an OTP (on-time performance) of 91.5% across the country’s four busiest airports (Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai), well ahead of its nearest rival IndiGo (82.2%).
12 destinations served; one route dropped
Based in Delhi, Vistara’s network is heavily focussed at that city’s airport. A total of 12 destinations are currently served with the airline operating over 300 weekly flights. All routes are served at least daily, but only the key Delhi to Mumbai route is served with more than two daily flights. On the country’s main trunk route Vistara now operates up to eight daily flights.
According to anna.aero’s analysis of the airline’s development, only one route has so far been dropped, namely between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. This was one of the three routes that launched on the airline’s first day of operation, initially with a daily service. After service was increased to twice-daily, it was then reduced back to a daily flight before being dropped altogether from the airline’s network.