Vistara to induct the Airbus A321LR Aircraft in its fleet; sharpens Focus on International Expansion
Vistara, India’s full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, has become the first airline in India to add Airbus A321LR to its fleet. The long-range variant of the Airbus A320neo (which is part of the order of 50 aircraft from the Airbus A320 Family placed in 2018) arrived in Delhi from Airbus’ production facility in Hamburg, Germany.
With an increased maximum take-off weight of 97 tonnes and the third auxiliary center fuel tank, enabling the aircraft to cover longer range; the Airbus A321LR opens an array of possibilities for Vistara as it focuses on expanding its international network.
Commenting on this Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We are excited to welcome our first A321LR to our growing fleet. This addition reiterates our stronger focus on international expansion, and enables us to offer longer range connectivity to our customers while also maintaining greater fuel efficiency.”
Powered by next generation CFM LEAP-1A engines that ensure enhanced operational efficiency along with significantly reduced carbon footprint, the addition of the A321LR is in line with Vistara’s commitment to minimising impact on the environment by maintaining a fleet of young and fuel efficient aircraft. The airline recently bagged ch-aviation Asia’s 3rd Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award for the second consecutive year.
The A321LR aircraft has a total of 188 seats in Vistara’s three-class cabin configuration – 12 lie flat seats in Business Class, 24 seats in Premium Economy, and 152 in Economy Class. All seats are equipped with 4-way adjustable headrests, in-seat power/USB charging ports, state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system featuring a multimedia library with up to 700 hours of content, and onboard Wi-Fi to accentuate the overall in-flight experience for the passengers.