TATA Group and Singapore Airlines joint Venture Vistara is all set to bid good bye to the last Boeing 737 remaining in the fleet. The airline has shifted 2 Boeing 737s to sibling carrier Air India Express.
Vistara says TATA to Boeing 737
Vistara is the one of the only 3 airlines who operates Boeing 737 aircraft in India. Excluding Bluedart and Quikjet as they operate freighters and not passenger aircraft.
The airline will withdraw the last aircraft tomorrow after it flies for the last time. It is unknown that what will be the fate of this aircraft? Will it go to Air India Express or BOC Aviation, the lessor will transfer it to other airline? Only time will tell.
All B737s to be retired
Pre-2019, Vistara used to operate all Airbus fleet. When Jet Airways went bankrupt, to fill the capacity void, Air Vistara inducted 5 of the Jet Airways Boeing 737s. Out of these 5, 4 are already retired. Only 1 aircraft is remaining which will be withdrawn from use tomorrow. The Vistara Boeing 737s features 168 seats consisting of 12 Business class seats and 156 Economy class seats.
The last aircraft Boeing 737 registered as VT-TGE is a 10 year old airframe leased to Vistara by BOC Aviation. It earlier operated with Jet Airways as VT-JFL. During the winter schedule, the airline transferred 2 out of the 4 retired Boeing 737s to sibling airline Air India Express to increase Middle East capacity.
The aircraft was operating on following routes :
- UK885 (Delhi to Cochin)
- UK896 (Trivandrum to Delhi)
- UK895 (Delhi to Trivandrum)
- UK886 (Cochin to Delhi)
From tomorrow, the Airbus A320 aircraft will operate these routes.
Source Credit : Moneycontrol (Ameya Joshi Sir)
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