Indian full service carrier Vistara has taken delivery of its first owned Airbus A320neo yesterday. The arrival of the aircraft takes Vistara’s fleet size to 46.
Like many airlines in India, a vast majority of Vistara’s fleet is leased and not owned. This helps in keeping the capital costs low and offers then chance to quickly grow the fleet. However, nearly every airline has at least a handful of aircraft it owns.
“The Airbus A320 is an integral part of our fleet and growth story, and this particular aircraft is, indeed, special. It mirrors the maturity that Vistara has achieved in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of time, continuing to steadily grow in scale, size and operational assets,” Said Leslie Yhng, Chief executive Officer, Vistara
Yesterday, Vistara took delivery of its first-ever owned Airbus A320neo which is registered as VT-TQE. The aircraft features CFM Leap-1A engines and is a part of the airlines’ order for 50 Airbus jets. VT-TQE departed Toulouse, France at 16:32 local time on Friday (28th May 2021) and landed at 04:04 local time on Saturday (29th May 2021) after spending 8 hours and 2 minutes in the air
The Delhi-based carrier plans to take delivery of 13 owned Airbus A320neo family aircraft, which includes some A321neos as well. The remaining 37 aircraft in the order have been leased from several firms around the world.