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Friday, 24 July, 2020, 10 : 45 AM [IST]

Vistara receives first A321neo with lie-flat beds on narrow body jet; first in South Asia

Vistara has received its first Airbus A321neo, thus strengthening its commitment to expanding international operations. The aircraft - which is part of the order of 50 from the Airbus A320 Family signed in 2018 - arrived in Delhi yesterday morning from production facility in Hamburg, Germany. This addition makes Vistara the first airline in South Asia to offer lie-flat beds on a narrow body aircraft and one of the few such airlines across the world. 

Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara said, “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.”

“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”, added Thng.  

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% and also emit less carbon. The A321neo aircraft are at least 20% 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,” says Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer, Airbus. “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 widebody aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, for long-haul international operations. Vistara is India’s highest-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. 

 
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