New Delhi - The Indian carrier Vistara has signed for seven Airbus A320neo. The re-engineered single-aisles will be acquired from 2019 through the leasing company GECAS.
On October 23, GECAS said that the new A320neos will be delivered to Vistara between the end of 2019 and 2020. Launched in 2015 by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines and based at Delhi-Indira Gandhi Airport, Vistara already operates nine A320neo alongside thirteen A320. All are configured to accommodate eight passengers in Business Class, 24 in Premium (a first in India) and 126 in Economy.
The contract comes as part of the fleet renewal plans revealed by Vistara last July, with two letters of intent signed with the two major manufacturers.
The airline has committed to acquiring 13 A320neo family aircraft without specifying if A321neo is being considered, and thirteen A320ceo. All aircraft will be powered with CFM International's LEAP-1A engines. Vistara received the first device in May 2017.
Vistara also has seven options for A320neo and will lease an additional 37 copies including the seven announced yesterday. They are expected to join the Indian carrier's fleet between 2019 and 2023.
The letter of intent signed with Boeing involves an order for six 787-9 Dreamliner with purchase rights for another four copies of the same type. Vistara has selected General Electric's GEnx-1B engines to power the aircraft. The new widebodies are expected to between 2020 and 2021.
The 787-9s are intended for use on international medium-haul and long-haul routes. Vistara plans to launch its first international routes at the end of the year and be initially operated by A320neos. The carrier currently serves 22 destinations in India, with more than 800 flights a week.