In a time where airlines in India are cutting back schedule as India is experiencing its worst wave of COVID-19, Vistara has announced a brand-new route from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
Once-weekly to Tokyo
Vistara will fly once-a-week to Tokyo, the capital of Japan, starting 16th June 2021. The flight has been scheduled so that the aircraft will spend over 24 hours on the ground in Tokyo. The schedule for the flight is:
- Delhi-Tokyo Haneda
- Departure time: 03:00
- Arrival time: 14:50
- Flight time: 8 hours and 20 minutes
- Flight number: UK83
- Frequency: Only on Wednesdays
- Tokyo Haneda-Delhi
- Departure time: 17:50
- Arrival time: 23:35
- Flight time: 9 hours and 15 minutes
- Flight number: UK84
- Frequency: Only on Thursdays
The route will make use of the air travel bubble agreement that is in place between India and Japan. Round trip flights for India-Japan flights start at ₹45,049 ($614.19) for the Economy cabin, ₹73,699 ($1,004.80) for Premium Economy, and ₹150,399 ($2,050.52) for Business Class. Flights in the other direction start at ¥90,099 for Economy ($828.42), ¥184,699 ($1,698.44) for Premium Economy, and ¥410,999 ($3,779.44) for Business Class.
Commenting on the new route launch, Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said:
Far East has been extremely important geography for our global expansion from the beginning for its tremendous growth potential. We are delighted to add Japan to our international network, under the travel bubble, and look forward to providing the best of Indian hospitality while maintaining the highest standards of safety and hygiene for our customers on this sector.
Boeing B787 Dreamliner
Vistara will deploy its Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. The Indian full-service carrier only has 2 B787s currently. The aircraft has been key to Vistara’s long-haul expansion, operating flights to London Heathrow and Frankfurt.
Vistara’s B787 have a three-cabin layout consisting of 30 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, 27 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and 248 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The full-service carrier stated that it will accept all eligible customers meeting visa/entry requirements in both countries, as specified by the respective government bodies. Bookings for the flights will progressively open on all channels, including the airline’s website, mobile app, and through travel agents.
Vistara will compete with All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines on this route. Meanwhile, Vistara in March inaugurated its new route to Malé in Maldives. The airline has also asked for permission to operate flights to the United States.
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