Few Air India senior captains will soon be allowed to start flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft of Vistara. This is a part of the ongoing merger between both the airlines.
Air India pilots on Vistara Boeing 787
TATA Group, the parent company of both Air India and Vistara has asked a few Air India Senior captains to start flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jets of Vistara. Till the time the airlines do not get merger approval from Competition Commission of India (CCI), they can not to do so. Vistara is growing its long haul network from Mumbai. Currently, most of the Vistara Boeing 787 pilots are based out of Delhi. Hence, Vistara needs some pilots based out of Mumbai.
Air India has some senior captains based out of Mumbai, who will retire in next few years. Once Air India and Vistara gets approval from Competition Commission of India, these pilots will be able to fly Vistara jets. Air India has already sent consent forms to few captains to know, if they are willing to be transferred to Vistara as a line captain.
Vistara expansion from Mumbai
In last few months, Vistara has been keenly expanding from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. The airline launched flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow. Along with this, Mauritius and Dammam flights were launched.
Chief Executive Officer of Vistara Vinod Kannan in an interview recently said that the focus of the airline is to expand in European market from Mumbai as well. The airline is already operating from Delhi to London, Paris and Frankfurt. It wants to do the same to Mumbai as well. In India, Air India and Vistara are the only 2 airlines having widebodies specifically the Boeing 787 Dreamliner series.
The airline is awaiting delivery of 1 more Boeing 787, with which it may expand to these routes.
Competition Commission of India, a month ago issued a notice to Vistara. Air India Chief Executive Officer Campbell Wilson recently met CCI Chief and discussed the issues halting the approval process. As per reports, the merger will result in TATA Group airlines having monopoly on 7 domestic routes. Overall, the scrutiny is ongoing and in coming time, we will get more clarity on when will Air India and Vistara officially merge?
Air India has recently revealed its new logo and livery. The airline will soon reveal the same for Air India Express as well.
Source Credits : Times Now News