As it is set to acquire more Airbus A320s, Indian carrier Vistara has started phasing out 9 of its Boeing 737 aircraft.
Acquired following the demise of Jet Airways, 2 of the 9 737-800s were returned starting this month while the other 7 will be phased out of the fleet between 2022-2023. The aircraft were leased to secure the flight slots made available after Jet Airways suspended their operations.
"Two of our Boeing 737-800NG aircraft are exiting fleet this month as their lease tenure ends. The remaining seven have longer lease duration and most of them will exit fleet between 2022 and 2023," a Vistara spokesperson said in response to a PTI query.
Vistara - a joint venture between India's Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines - has a fleet of around 40 aircraft including Airbus A320/A321 and Boeing 737 aircraft. As it phases out the 737s, the airline will be receiving orders for over 40 Airbus A320/A321 and 6 787-9s for planned long haul services.
The new aircraft will be delivered between this year until 2025.