Indian full service carrier Vistara has taken delivery of its first owned Airbus A320neo yesterday. The arrival of the aircraft takes Vistara’s fleet size to 46.
New addition to the fleet
Like many airlines in India, a vast majority of Vistara’s fleet is leased and not owned. This helps in keeping the capital costs low and offers the chance to quickly grow the fleet. However, nearly every airline has at least a handful of aircraft it owns.
Yesterday, Vistara took delivery of its first-ever owned Airbus A320neo which is registered as VT-TQE. The aircraft features CFM Leap-1A engines and is a part of the airlines’ order for 50 Airbus jets.
VT-TQE departed Toulouse, France at 16:32 local time on Friday (28th May 2021) and landed at 04:04 local time on Saturday (29th May 2021) after spending 8 hours and 2 minutes in the air.
The Delhi-based carrier plans to take delivery of 13 owned Airbus A320neo family aircraft, which includes some A321neos as well. The remaining 37 aircraft in the order have been leased from several firms around the world.
Vistara’s Owned and Leased Aircrafts
According to ch-aviation, Vistara currently owns 3 aircraft which includes 1 Boeing B787 Dreamliner, 1 Boeing B737 and the newest A320neo. There are a number of lessors who have been supplying aircrafts to Vistara. They are:
- BOC Aviation: 14 aircrafts – 11 A320neos and 3 B737s
- GECAS: 8 A320neos
- Avolon: 7 Airbus A320s
- Air Lease Corporation: 1 A320neo and all A321neos
- 6 other aircraft lessors including Oaktree Capital and Global Knafaim Leasing
Meanwhile, Vistara recently announced a new route connecting Delhi with Tokyo. This will be the 1st time that the airline will have scheduled flights to a East Asian destination.
Featured image by Vistara
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