Airbus has delivered the first of seven A320neos to Vistara, which becomes the fourth Indian carrier to operate the re-engined narrowbody aircraft and the second to have selected LEAP-1A engines.
Airbus has delivered the first A320neo to Vistara, a Delhi-based full service airline and joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd. and Singapore Airlines (SIA). The delivery is the first of seven aircraft to be leased from BOC Aviation. The aircraft sports a unique A320neo Vistara star symbol livery on its underbelly.
The Vistara aircraft is configured in a three-class layout with 158 seats (8 business class, 24 premium and 126 economy class). Vistara has taken inputs from its growing number of frequent fliers and redesigned the cabin with even more comfort and relaxing features such as mood lighting and increased seat pitch.
Vistara is unveiling a number of product enhancements on the latest addition to its fleet, including mood lighting (first time in India for an Airbus A320 operator), more comfortable seating with a new seat bottom and seat back design and softer cushion.
The Business Class cabin features a blend of the airline’s brand colors, aubergine and gold, along with wider seat backs, softer cushions, enhanced literature pockets and softer leather upholstery. The aubergine and gold colour scheme continues into the Premium Economy cabin, with improved seat cushions, softer seat leather and re-designed height 4-way adjustable headrest.
Vistara currently operates 13 A320 aircraft on domestic Indian routes. The increased range of the neo will allow Vistara to open new international routes in the future.
With this delivery, Airbus has delivered more than 110 A320neo aircraft to 24 operators and claims to have captured around 60% of the market in this segment.
Vistara is the second Indian carrier, after Air India, to receive the CFM LEAP-1A-powered variant of the A320neo. Two other Indian airlines, IndiGo and GoAir, have opted for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G.
The entry into service of the PW1000G-powered variant of the A320neo has been marred by technical problems with the innovative geared turbofan engine.