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Vistara receives its first A321neo aircraft with flat-bed business class

Vistara, a joint venture between TATA group and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft in New Delhi today. The aircraft, arrived from Airbus’ final assembly lines in Hamburg, Germany, features India’s most advanced aircraft cabin in the sky with fully flat beds in business class. 

Overall, Vistara’s A321neo features a three-class layout with 12 seats in business class, 24 in premium economy and 152 in economy class. The aircraft is the first of six A321neo for the airline, on lease by Air Lease Corporation and part of the 50 A320neo Family aircraft order signed in 2018.

All Vistara A321neo will be powered by latest-generation CFM-Leap 1A engines. These aircraft will be supported by Airbus’ Flight Hour Services Tailored Support Package (FHS-TSP) programme to optimise and secure Vistara fleet operations. The aircraft will complement Vistara’s current Airbus fleet of 32 A320 Family aircraft.

“We are excited to welcome our first A321neo aircraft, the latest addition in our growing fleet. The new aircraft ensures operational enhancement, cost efficiency as well as reduction in carbon footprint for us while enabling extra payload capacity, greater fuel efficiency and higher range. The new cabin products on our A321 aircraft truly complement our promise of providing a premium and world-class flying experience to travellers from and to India. All of these aspects perfectly align with our international growth strategy,” said Leslie Thng, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara.

“In these challenging times, differentiation through efficiency, product and customer mindset is what truly matters, and we are proud to see our A321neo as an essential cornerstone in meeting Vistara’s strategic objectives for the future,” says Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer, Airbus. “Providing a competitive edge through India’s best in class business cabin as well as significant advantages in terms of operations, efficiency and environment are a truly wise way for a growing airline going forward.”

The A321neo is the largest member of the Airbus’ benchmark A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. It incorporates the latest technologies, including latest-generation engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, delivering 20 per cent fuel savings. The aircraft offers significant environmental benefits as at least 20 percent reduced emissions and a nearly 50 per cent smaller noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. To date, the order book for the A320neo Family stands at 7,445 aircraft.

The Airbus A321neo aircraft are intended for use on short to medium-haul international routes or destinations within seven hours of flying time. In March 2020, the airline inducted its first widebody aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, for long-haul international operations. Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor and has been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards. In a short span of five years, Vistara has raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry by offering the finest flying experience to travellers.

Key features of Vistara’s cabin products for the A321neo:

Business Class:
  • 12 lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration
  • Seat Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
  • Seat Pitch: 63” | Bed Width: 20.05” (22.4” with armrest lowered) | Bed Length: 84” (82.19” in some rows)
  • IFE Monitor Size: 16”
  • IFE Touchscreen Video Handset
  • Four-way headrest, headset hook, cocktail table, reading light, coat hook
  • USB Port and 3-Pin charging point in every seat
  • Control Unit for customers to control seat functions
Premium Economy:
  • Exclusive cabin
  • 24 seats in a 3-3 configuration
  • Seat Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
  • Seat Pitch: 33” | Recline angle: 4.5”
  • Increased leg-room ensuring a high level of comfort
  • IFE Monitor Size: 10” (seatback monitor)
  • Audio jack and recline control
  • Four-way adjustable headrest
  • Plentiful storage space
  • USB Port and 3-Pin charging point in every seat
Economy:
  • 152 seats in a 3-3 configuration
  • Manufacturer: Collins Aerospace
  • Seat Pitch: 28”-29” | Recline Angle: 3”
  • IFE Monitor Size: 10” (seatback monitor)
  • Four-way headrest for enhanced neck support
  • USB Port in every seat and 3-Pin Power Outlet (two for every three seats)
In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity:
  • System Provider: Panasonic (IFE system eX1)
  • In-seat touchscreen monitors in all three cabins with HD Display
  • Content-rich multimedia library for customers to enjoy:
    • Nearly 150 movies – Hollywood, Bollywood and Indian Regionals
    • Close to 500 short programs – Indian and Western
    • Almost 250 Music Audio Compilations offering 2000 soundtracks from various genres 
  • Available Languages on IFE: English, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
  • 3D Flight Path Map provides a superior map experience
  • Flight Tracker and display of key flight data
  • Satellite Type: KU-Band
  • Types of Connectivity Services: Internet (onboard WiFi), SMS, MMS, 3G Mobile Data through GSM and GPRS