Not many airlines in the world offer flatbeds in narrow-body jets, and India’s budget carrier Vistara is one of the very few airlines in the world to offer sheer comfort in limited space.
A joint venture between India’s Tata Sons private limited and Singapore Airlines, this rather new airline is the first in South Asia to introduce upscale luxury in narrow-body jets with flatbeds in the business class.
The move comes after the air carrier received its first delivery of brand new Airbus A321Neo on Friday, Sputnik reports. Making use of the limited space available in narrow-body jets as compared to the full-sized ones, 12 flatbeds will be installed in a 2-2 configuration in the business class of the airlines.
Vistara, with lie-flat seats in narrow-body jets, join the likes of the US-based JetBlue and United Airlines and France-based La Compagnie.
Narrow-body jets are often used for short-haul flights; Airbus 321Neo is a narrow-body jet but is designed for short to medium-haul international destinations within seven hours of fly-time. Vistara is also eying to extend international expansion.
“This new addition to our fleet reinforces our long-term commitment to international expansion plans, despite the challenges of the current times,” Vistara CEO Leslie Thng said in a statement about the addition of new Airbus in their fleet.
The new cabin products on our A321 aircraft truly complement our promise of providing a premium and world-class flying experience to travelers from and to India. All of these aspects perfectly align with our international growth strategy,” Thng said in a press release by Airbus.
Vistara, in March 2019, became one of the five Indian carriers to be given permission by the Government to operate international flights from the nation. As of the pre-COVID schedule, the full-service air carrier flies to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, and the UAE from India.