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Vistara completes induction of Airbus A320 planes


Tata-SIA joint venture airline Vistara has completed the induction of Airbus A320 ceo planes in its fleet, with the arrival of the 13th and the last such aircraft from Toulouse in France this week.

The airline will now induct fuel-efficient A320 neo (new engine option), which are scheduled to be delivered from the first quarter of the next financial year.

Vistara plans to use the 13th A320 plane in launching its operations from Kolkata to Bangalore, Guwahati and Port Blair.

The city-headquartered airline had in 2014 announced leasing of 20 Airbus A320 planes – 13 A320 ceo (current engine option) and seven A320 neo (new engine option) – from Singaporean leasing firm, BOC Aviation.

“We have taken delivery of the 13th and final A320 ceo plane. The aircraft will be based in Kolkata for carrying out services on Kolkata-Bangalore, Bangalore-Guwahati (via Kolkata) and Kolkata-Port Blair routes,” a Vistara spokesperson said.

These new services would commence operations from October 18, the spokesperson added.

“The deliveries of the remaining seven of the 20 planes, which are A320 neo planes, will commence from the first quarter of the next fiscal,” he said.

All these seven planes are to be inducted in the fleet by June 2018.

“Our fleet is growing bigger and stronger. We welcome the 13th member of Vistara family,” Vistarahad earlier tweeted after taking delivery of the aircraft from the Toulouse manufacturing facility of the European plane maker, Airbus.

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