Civil Aviation

Vistara gets its first Airbus A321Neo to boost global reach

Photo: Vistara’s Airbus A321Neo aircraft.

New Delhi: Vistara, a full-service carrier, has got delivery of its first Airbus A321Neo that offers India’s first flatbed on a narrow-body aircraft.

The addition to the Vistara fleet would help the Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited joint venture airline to expand its international operations.

The aircraft, part of an order for 50 from the Airbus A320 Family signed in 2018, arrived here yesterday morning from Airbus production facility in Hamburg, Germany.

“This addition makes Vistara the first airline in South Asia to offer full-flat beds on a narrow-body aircraft and one of the few such airlines across the world,” a Vistara statement said.

The airline said the new cabin products for its A321neo aircraft would include world-class cabin interiors and features.

“This new addition to our fleet reinforces our long-term commitment to international expansion plans, despite the challenges of the current times. The new cabin products on our A321neo aircraft truly complement our promise of providing a premium and world-class flying experience to travellers from and to India,” Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer Leslie Thng said.

The air travel industry is one of the worst hit globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related lock down, and the flights have just resumed to meet bear minimum needs of travellers worldwide with an air bubble launched with India from international destinations in United States, France and Germany earlier this month.

“The A321neo aircraft ensures operational enhancement, cost effectiveness as well as reduction of carbon footprint for us while enabling extra payload capacity, greater fuel efficiency and higher range. All of these aspects perfectly align with our international growth strategy,” Thng added. 

Featuring Vistara’s three-class cabin configuration, the aircraft has a total of 188 seats – 12 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 152 in Economy. All of them feature 4-way adjustable headrests and movable armrests.

Vistara customers will enjoy seat-back entertainment and in-seat power/USB charging ports in every seat. The airline’s state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system features a content-rich multimedia library that total up to 700 hours of content, a superior map experience with 3D flight path map and flight tracker.

The aircraft is also equipped with wireless connectivity, which will allow passengers to access the internet through onboard Wi-Fi, 3G mobile data through GSM and GPRS for SMS and MMS services, subject to necessary regulatory approvals.

Vistara’s Business Class seats on the A321neo are upholstered in premium, genuine leather that recline into fully-flat beds. They come with 16” High Definition (HD) touchscreen in-seat TV, a Video Handset to navigate the IFE system and generous stowage space. The seats in Premium Economy and Economy cabins are upholstered in high quality, breathable fabric that provide an airy, modern in-flight experience.

Vistara’s A321neo aircraft are powered by next generation CFM LEAP-1A engines that reduces noise footprint by nearly 50 per cent and also emit less carbon. The A321neo aircraft are at least 20 per cent more fuel efficient per seat than the previous generation aircraft with the new technology engines and new aerodynamics of the wings (sharklets).

The aircraft also boasts an increased operating range due to an additional Centre Tank installed in the Aft Cargo compartment, which increases fuel capacity by 2300 kgs. Additionally, the Airbus Cabin Flex configuration on the A321neo also ensures optimum utilisation of space without compromising on cabin comfort. The powerful, in-built air filtration systems on this aircraft ensure elimination of viruses and bacteria to refresh the cabin air every 2-3 minutes.

“In these challenging times, differentiation through efficiency, product and customer mindset is what truly matters, and we are proud to see our A321neo as an essential cornerstone in meeting Vistara’s strategic objectives for the future,“ Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said.

“Providing a competitive edge through India’s best in class business cabin as well as significant advantages in terms of operations, efficiency and environment are a truly wise way for a growing airline going forward.”

The Airbus A321neo aircraft are intended for use on short to medium-haul international routes or destinations within seven hours of flying time. In March 2020, the airline inducted its first wide-body aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, for long-haul international operations.

Vistara is India’s rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor and has been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards. In a short span of five years, Vistara has raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry by offering the finest flying experience to travellers.

Key Features of Vistara’s Cabin in A321Neo:

Business Class

  • 12 full-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration 
  • Seat Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
  • Seat Pitch: 63” | Bed Width: 20.05” (22.4” with armrest lowered) | Bed Length: 84” (82.19” in some rows)
  • IFE Monitor Size: 16”
  • IFE Touchscreen Video Handset 
  • Four-way headrest, headset hook, cocktail table, reading light, coat hook
  • USB Port and 3-Pin charging point in every seat
  • Control Unit for customers to control seat functions 

Premium Economy: 

  • Exclusive cabin 
  • 24 seats in a 3-3 configuration 
  • Seat Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
  • Seat Pitch: 33” | Recline angle: 4.5”
  • Increased legroom ensuring a high level of comfort
  • IFE Monitor Size: 10” (seatback monitor) 
  • Audio jack and recline control 
  • Four-way adjustable headrest 
  • Plentiful storage space 
  • USB Port and 3-Pin charging point in every seat

Economy: 

  • 152 seats in a 3-3 configuration
  • Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
  • Seat Pitch: 28”-29” | Recline Angle: 3”
  • IFE Monitor Size: 10” (seatback monitor) 
  • Four-way headrest for enhanced neck support
  • USB Port in every seat and 3-Pin Power Outlet (two for every three seats) 

In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity: 

  • System Provider: Panasonic (IFE system eX1)
  • In-seat touchscreen monitors in all three cabins with HD Display 
  • Content-rich multimedia library for customers to enjoy:
    • Nearly 150 movies – Hollywood, Bollywood and Indian Regionals 
    • Close to 500 short programs – Indian and Western 
    • Almost 250 Music Audio Compilations offering 2000 soundtracks from various genres  
  • Available Languages on IFE: English, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
  • 3D Flight Path Map provides a superior map experience
  • Flight Tracker and display of key flight data 
  • Satellite Type: KU-Band 
  • Types of Connectivity Services: Internet (onboard WiFi), SMS, MMS, 3G Mobile Data through GSM and GPRS

NOTE: TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51 per cent in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49 per cent. Vistara brings together Tata’s and SIA’s legendary hospitality and renowned service excellence to offer the finest full-service flying experience in India. Vistara commenced its commercial operations on Jan. 9, 2015 and today, connects destinations across India and abroad. The airline has a fleet of 41 aircraft including 34 Airbus A320, six Boeing B737-800NG and one Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, and has flown more than 20 million customers since starting operations in 2015.

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