ETW Staff– Mumbai
Marking the 82nd anniversary of JRD Tata’s first commercial flight from Karachi to Mumbai, Vistara has welcomed its first A320 aircraft painted with the airline’s livery. The aircraft landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 16:30hrs and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute. This was followed by a reception at the airport lounge attended by officials from Delhi International Airport (DIAL) and Vistara. The arrival of this aircraft is a significant milestone that takes Vistara closer to its operational launch. The logo in aubergine and gold reflects the core values and philosophy of brand Vistara i.e. excellence, innovation, thoughtfulness, teamwork and trust.
Commenting on the occasion, Prasad Menon, chairman, Vistara, said, “It gives me great pride and joy to present to you our new aircraft on this special day. There could be no better way to celebrate the 82nd anniversary of a significant milestone in Indian aviation – the first commercial flight of Tata Airlines that was piloted by the legendary JRD Tata. Each step in this journey brings us closer to the realisation of Vistara, an airline that will redefine the air travel. We are also thankful to the DGCA for their cooperation and support.”
Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, said, “I cannot express in words the happiness I feel at having our first painted aircraft here. The entire team at Vistara has been working really hard for the last many months and it is heartening to see a physical manifestation of the efforts. I thank GMR and DIAL for organising this heartwarming reception for us. Our partnership is crucial for the success of our vision – that of a seamless flying experience for customers.”
Srinivas Bommidala, chairman, GMR Airports, said, “We wholeheartedly welcome Vistara to IGI Airport and congratulate the team for the delivery of their first liveried aircraft. We thank the Vistara leadership for reposing their confidence in DIAL and GMR and look forward to a fruitful partnership with Vistara. The presence of Vistara will provide more full service carrier options to passengers and I am confident that Vistara will positively contribute to the growth of traffic at DIAL.”