Indian carrier Vistara completed its first long-haul flight to London as part of the special bilateral travel bubble between the United Kingdom and India.
The maiden flight to London departed Delhi on August 28th arrived at London-Heathrow.
Using its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aicraft, Vistara will operate the special flights for those meeting entry/visa requirements for both countries thrice-weekly between August 28 to October 24.
Among the eligible travelers include stranded travelers looking to return home due to the mass flight cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Vistara along with other Indian carriers such as Air India are mounting special flights for repatriation flights to destinations around the world.
To facilitate repatriation flights, India has been in discussions with governments of the US, France, and Germany to establish similar air corridors.
While regular scheduled international air services remain suspended, domestic travel has since resumed in late May.
In a statement, Vistara CEO Leslie Thng stated: “Though not regular scheduled flights, we are excited about starting operations to our first long-haul destination. This, in many ways, marks the beginning of a new phase of growth in the global skies for Vistara. This also gives us the opportunity to introduce India’s finest and only five-star airline to London.”
It is the first long-haul route flight operated by Vistara, which received its first widebody 787-9 in February of this year. Vistara has since received a second 787 earlier this month.