Vistara becomes second Indian airline to operate Mumbai-London nonstop

A Vistara Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight.
Anna Zvereva, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Indian full-service carrier Vistara has recently announced new routes on both domestic and international sectors.

Vistara recently received its final Boeing 787 Dreamliner from its order book and the airline is now operating the most recently acquired long-haul aircraft to fly its newly opened route from Mumbai to London, Heathrow.

Mumbai-London service inaugurated

With this route addition, Vistara officially becomes the second Indian carrier after Air India to fly non-stop from Mumbai to London.

Vistara, is a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Group, and the airline is presently on a pathway to be merged with Air India; of which Singapore Airlines will also hold a certain share interest.

The airline transition and merger processes are expected to be completed by 2024 and will pick up pace once all regulatory approvals are in place.

The airline has announced that the Mumbai-London route to be served on a 5 times a week schedule, all to be operated by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.


“We are excited to launch direct connectivity between Mumbai and London – a historically significant route for trade, business, and leisure alike,” said Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, Mr. Vinod Kannan.

“While Mumbai is the financial capital of India, London holds critical importance in the global financial world while also being a popular destination for travel and tourism from India.”

“This new route, at convenient departure and arrival timings, is in line with our continued efforts towards offering more flexibility and ease to our customers when planning their travel with India’s best airline.”

“We believe that our world-class product complemented with our globally awarded service make for just the right combination for an exceptional flying experience,” Mr. Vinod Kannan concluded.

The passengers on-board the inaugural London flight were offered themed delicacies which also included the regional favorites such as Indian pav Bhaji.

They were also offered London’s specialty beer “Brewdog Punk IPA” on their return leg from London to Mumbai.

New domestic service to Agartala

A Vistara Airbus A320neo parked on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Vistara

In addition to this new international service, the airline has also announced a new domestic route between Agartala and Bengaluru starting for August, 2023.

Currently this route is serviced non-stop only by Indian low-cost giant IndiGo and also by the youngest airline in the country – Akasa Air.

Shortly, Vistara will also enter this sector which presently shows a promising load factor. With the merger of the two Tata Group full-service carriers drawing closer, it remains to be seen just how both airlines will undergo the transition.

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