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By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 09:04 PM IST
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"Flight UK775 operating Mumbai-Kolkata on 7 June 2021 encountered severe turbulence 15 minutes before landing," a company spokesperson said.(Representational image)
"Flight UK775 operating Mumbai-Kolkata on 7 June 2021 encountered severe turbulence 15 minutes before landing," a company spokesperson said.(Representational image)

Vistara flight UK775 between Mumbai, Kolkata suffers severe turbulence

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 08:18 PM IST
The airline service provider also said that the injured passengers were provided medical assistance upon arrival in Kolkata and the incident is being investigated on priority.
Life Guard and firefighters patrol the Juhu beach area due to the formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea, in Mumbai, on Saturday, May 15, 2021. (PTI)
Life Guard and firefighters patrol the Juhu beach area due to the formation of Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea, in Mumbai, on Saturday, May 15, 2021. (PTI)

India closely monitoring Cyclone Tauktae, no decision yet on shutting airports

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2021 05:34 PM IST
Cyclone Tauktae is predicted to intensify further into a 'very severe cyclonic storm’ by Monday, with windspeed ranging between 150kmph and 160kmph. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold an important meeting later in the day to review preparations to deal with the impending cyclone.
"Travel Advisory: Due to Cyclone Tauktae, flights to/from Kannur are impacted. You may visit Plan B to opt for alternate options or get a refund," IndiGo tweeted.(Reuters)
"Travel Advisory: Due to Cyclone Tauktae, flights to/from Kannur are impacted. You may visit Plan B to opt for alternate options or get a refund," IndiGo tweeted.(Reuters)

Vistara, IndiGo say some flights likely to be impacted due to Cyclone Tauktae

ANI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2021 05:36 PM IST
As cyclone Tauktae furthers closer into the Indian West Coast, the Central Water Commission (CWC) on Saturday issued an 'orange bulletin' for Kerala and Tamil Nadu, predicting a severe flood situation in the two states.
This decision was taken as three passengers on Vistara's Mumbai-Hong Kong flight on Sunday tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)
This decision was taken as three passengers on Vistara's Mumbai-Hong Kong flight on Sunday tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)

Covid-19: Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India from April 20 to May 3

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 11:07 PM IST
  • The Hong Kong government's decision has come after 50 passengers of two Vistara flights this month were found positive for Covid-19 when tested on arrival.
Vistara is in talks with Boeing to add a rest compartment for crew in some 787-9 planes it will receive in the next few years, which will let the carrier start non-stop flights on long-haul routes.(Mint Archive)
Vistara is in talks with Boeing to add a rest compartment for crew in some 787-9 planes it will receive in the next few years, which will let the carrier start non-stop flights on long-haul routes.(Mint Archive)

Vistara to upgrade 787-9s for long haul

By Rhik Kundu, Livemint, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 08:34 AM IST
  • Vistara currently flies the two wide-body Dreamliners to select international destinations, including London, as well as on domestic routes. Vistara has also an option to order four more 787-9 planes.
CSMIA is also set to facilitate the distribution of a total of 227 boxes through SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir and Vistara. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)
CSMIA is also set to facilitate the distribution of a total of 227 boxes through SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir and Vistara. (REUTERS)(HT_PRINT)

Vistara to start flights between Mumbai and Male from March 3

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:23 PM IST
Vistara to start flights between Mumbai and Male from March 3
The flight would depart from the Delhi airport at 2.30 am (local time) and would land at the Sharjah airport at 5 am (local time) every day.(Reuters)
The flight would depart from the Delhi airport at 2.30 am (local time) and would land at the Sharjah airport at 5 am (local time) every day.(Reuters)

Vistara to operate daily flights on Delhi-Sharjah route from Jan 20

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 08:22 PM IST
"The airline will operate its Airbus A320 neo aircraft on this route as part of the 'air bubble agreement' between India and the UAE, complementing its services to or from Dubai," Vistara said in a press release.
Tata group, which placed an expression of interest for Air India, recently announced its decision to raise its stake in AirAsia India to 84% by buying out a part of its Malaysian partner AirAsia Bhd’s shares.(AFP)
Tata group, which placed an expression of interest for Air India, recently announced its decision to raise its stake in AirAsia India to 84% by buying out a part of its Malaysian partner AirAsia Bhd’s shares.(AFP)

Tata group to plot flight path for aviation business

Hindustan Times, Mumbai/New Delhi | By Anirudh Laskar and Rhik Kundu, Mumbai/new Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:36 PM IST
Tata group also owns 51% of Vistara, with the rest held by Singapore Airlines (SIA). Meanwhile, under the share-purchase pact with AirAsia Bhd, Tata Sons has the option to raise its stake to 100% in AirAsia India.
A Vistara Airbus A320 passenger aircraft prepares for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai(Reuters/ File photo)
A Vistara Airbus A320 passenger aircraft prepares for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai(Reuters/ File photo)

Vistara’s fleet growth plan stays on track

Livemint | By Rhik Kundu
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 03:55 AM IST
Vistara currently has a fleet of 45 aircraft comprising 35 Airbus A320, two Airbus A321neo, six Boeing B737-800NG, and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner planes.
FILE: A Vistara Airbus A320 passenger aircraft prepares for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)
FILE: A Vistara Airbus A320 passenger aircraft prepares for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)

Flights from UK banned, Vistara offers ‘one-time free-of-charge’ rescheduling of booking

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 06:58 PM IST
“In order to minimize inconvenience to our customers, we will enable rescheduling of affected bookings to any date until 31 December 2021,” a Vistara spokesperson said.
In its latest attempt to offload the airline, the Indian government plans to sell 100% of Air India.(PTI)
In its latest attempt to offload the airline, the Indian government plans to sell 100% of Air India.(PTI)

Multiple parties show interest in Air India: Govt

Mint, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:57 AM IST
The government has been looking for a buyer for the state-run airline since 2017 but has drawn a blank so far as investors have been deterred by the money-losing airline’s huge debt load.
Currently, the full-service carrier is operating flights on the Delhi-London route thrice a week.(Reuters)
Currently, the full-service carrier is operating flights on the Delhi-London route thrice a week.(Reuters)

Vistara to operate Mumbai-London flights thrice a week from Jan 16

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 06:41 PM IST
All UK flights are being operated from India under the bilateral air bubble arrangement between the two countries.
A Vistara Airbus A320 passenger aircraft prepares for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, July 11, 2018 (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)(REUTERS)
A Vistara Airbus A320 passenger aircraft prepares for takeoff at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, July 11, 2018 (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas)(REUTERS)

Singapore Airline’s India venture Vistara eyes direct flights to US

New Delhi | By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:00 PM IST
Though the specific timeframe and aircraft requirements are yet to be finalised, the airline is studying various scenarios for direct flights, Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer, Vistara, said. Currently, flag carrier Air India is the only Indian airline offering direct flights to the US.
Vistara takes multiple steps to ensure safety onboard amid Covid-19 pandemic(Twitter/travelobiz)
Vistara takes multiple steps to ensure safety onboard amid Covid-19 pandemic(Twitter/travelobiz)

Vistara opts for single-use earphones, beverages in disposables and touchless solutions amid Covid-19

Candolim (Goa) | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 01:17 PM IST
Apart from offering touchless solutions to passengers like biometrics/face recognition and e-boarding passes, Vistara airlines is using rotable trays, serving beverages only in single-use disposable units and providing single-use earphones for the short-haul flights among other safety measures during the Covid-19 pandemic
The aviation minister had also recently said that airline traffic and demand for domestic travel is expected to reach pre-Covid-19 levels by the end of 2020,(Bloomberg)
The aviation minister had also recently said that airline traffic and demand for domestic travel is expected to reach pre-Covid-19 levels by the end of 2020,(Bloomberg)

Vistara to operate more flights to Goa and London to cater to rising demand

Goa/London | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2020 03:32 PM IST
The airline would operate five flights a week on the Delhi-London route from November 21 and a daily service from December 1,the increase in frequency to and from Goa and Delhi-London are due to positive response and demand on these routes
Planes of different airlines parked at T-3 of IGI Airport in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Planes of different airlines parked at T-3 of IGI Airport in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Aviation industry may take a big hit: Govt note

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji and Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 04:12 AM IST
Based on the preliminary estimates by airlines,the sector may be set for a reduction of 50-60% in international traffic and up to a 50% drop in domestic traffic, an official note said.
Earlier this month, India and the UK signed a bilateral air pact, under which the airlines of both the countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions. India had signed similar bilateral pacts with Germany and France in July.(HT file photo)
Earlier this month, India and the UK signed a bilateral air pact, under which the airlines of both the countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions. India had signed similar bilateral pacts with Germany and France in July.(HT file photo)

Vistara likely to start flights from India to UK, Germany, France

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Private carrier Vistara is likely to start flight operations between India and the UK, Germany and France under the bilateral air bubble arrangements that have been signed with these countries, sources in the aviation industry said on Sunday.
The full-service carrier has more than 4,000 employees on its payroll.(Bloomberg)
The full-service carrier has more than 4,000 employees on its payroll.(Bloomberg)

Vistara announces 5-20% pay cut for 40% employees till December

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jasra Afreen
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 04:56 PM IST
Till April, Vistara’s pilots were getting base flying allowance, which is a fixed component of the salary, for 70 hours per month.
The government launched Vande Bharat Mission in April to repatriate Indians who had been stranded around the globe because of Covid-19-related restrictions.(PTI)
The government launched Vande Bharat Mission in April to repatriate Indians who had been stranded around the globe because of Covid-19-related restrictions.(PTI)

India launches third phase of Vande Bharat Mission, more than 165,000 repatriated so far

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The third phase of the programme will continue till August 2 and more than 400,000 Indian nationals have registered with missions abroad for repatriation on compelling grounds, external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told a weekly news briefing.
Likewise, Tata Steel has struggled to maintain production levels, with capacity utilisation at its mills falling to less than half in the first month of the lockdown and is seeking a government bailout for its European operations.(AFP)
Likewise, Tata Steel has struggled to maintain production levels, with capacity utilisation at its mills falling to less than half in the first month of the lockdown and is seeking a government bailout for its European operations.(AFP)

Tatas scrap asset sale plan to shore up funds

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Jayshree P Upadhyay
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2020 05:01 AM IST
The holding company of Tata group, in a statement on Friday, said it is well-capitalised and prepared to take on the challenges posed by the countrywide lockdown since March 25, which has brought economic activity to a near- standstill.
The airline said that all employees except pilots would have to accept the compulsory no-pay leave. (HT photo)
The airline said that all employees except pilots would have to accept the compulsory no-pay leave. (HT photo)

Vistara sends senior employees on leave without pay for 4 days in May, June

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 03:05 PM IST
Earlier, the airline sent its employees on compulsory leave without pay for three days between April 15 and April 30 as a measure to preserve jobs and conserve cash flow.
DIAL on Sunday released its plan on how social distancing norms will be applied to ensure safe travel.
DIAL on Sunday released its plan on how social distancing norms will be applied to ensure safe travel.

Specific entry gates, dedicated check-in rows: Delhi airport gears up to restart operations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 06:11 AM IST
The process will streamline the passenger flow into the terminal and make it easier for the authorities concerned to monitor and ensure social distancing in order to minimize the risk of the possible spread of Covid-19, the airport operator said on Sunday.
As understanding as we are of the airline’s policies, many of us have been surprised to find the opposite is not true.(Unsplash)
As understanding as we are of the airline’s policies, many of us have been surprised to find the opposite is not true.(Unsplash)

The Taste with Vir: Pity the poor passenger

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 09:05 AM IST
By refusing to refund money to passengers, airlines have betrayed public trust and lost the moral right to a tax payer-funded bail out.
India has placed the largest order of commercial aircraft to Airbus. Recently, IndiGo had placed the order of 300 A-320neo family aircraft to Airbus.(Unsplash)
India has placed the largest order of commercial aircraft to Airbus. Recently, IndiGo had placed the order of 300 A-320neo family aircraft to Airbus.(Unsplash)

Airbus reduces production due to COVID-19, delivery of aircraft to Indian clients likely to be delayed

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 04:29 PM IST
Airbus - one of the largest commercial aircraft manufacturing companies in the world - has reduced its aircraft production rates by roughly one-third due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The compulsory no pay leave will affect around 1,200 employees in senior grades.
The compulsory no pay leave will affect around 1,200 employees in senior grades.

Vistara to send senior employees on compulsory leave without pay for 3 days

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 03:36 PM IST
Extending the nationwide lockdown till May 3, Prime Minister Modi urged companies to be sensitive towards people and not sack them during this difficult period.
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IndiGo, Vistara’s hilarious Twitter banter joined by other airlines. Here’s how it went

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 04:09 PM IST
It was IndiGo, India’s largest private airline, which started the light-hearted conversation by poking fun at Vistara.
While the Director of Health Services Dr José de Sa has said that they have requested the airline for the passenger manifest, they have appealed to all who have travelled on the flight to contact a helpline number (0832-2421810/2225538) or report to the nearest health centre. (Photo: @airvistara)
While the Director of Health Services Dr José de Sa has said that they have requested the airline for the passenger manifest, they have appealed to all who have travelled on the flight to contact a helpline number (0832-2421810/2225538) or report to the nearest health centre. (Photo: @airvistara)

Coronavirus patient travelled on Vistara’s Mumbai-Goa flight, other passengers on notice

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard Anthony De Souza
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 05:24 PM IST
While the patient, his family members and those who have come in contact with him have been quarantined in Goa, the health department fears that other passengers on the flight might also be at risk.
With demand expected to fall at least 40-50% in the near term, India’s airlines may initially ground 150 aircraft, the local unit of CAPA said Wednesday. (Photo: @airvistara)
With demand expected to fall at least 40-50% in the near term, India’s airlines may initially ground 150 aircraft, the local unit of CAPA said Wednesday. (Photo: @airvistara)

IndiGo, Vistara may ground jets as coronavirus cases jump in India: Report

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2020 12:13 PM IST
Industry groups and analysts have issued dire warnings about the virus, with Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation saying that most of the world’s airlines could go bankrupt by the end of May unless authorities step in.
Kunal Kamra was banned from flying by four airlines on January 28 after he tweeted a 111-second video that showed him heckling Goswami on a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.(Mint)
Kunal Kamra was banned from flying by four airlines on January 28 after he tweeted a 111-second video that showed him heckling Goswami on a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.(Mint)

Vistara bans Kunal Kamra from flying till April 27 for heckling journalist on IndiGo flight

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 08:12 PM IST
IndiGo specified a six-month period while other airlines — Air India, Spicejet and GoAir — imposed an indefinite ban on him.
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