Vistara Ends Boeing 737-800 Operations

Indira Gandhi International Airport-based Vistara no longer operates flights with its Boeing 737-800s.



July 31, 2023

DALLAS — Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)-based Vistara (UK) no longer operates flights with its Boeing 737-800s. The airline has owned three 737-800s since 2019 and has now floated out the last remaining one.

On July 26, the only remaining 9.97-year-old 737-800 with the registration VT-VGE carried out its last flight for Vistara. It went from Kochi International Airport (COK) to Delhi Airport (DEL). The airline relies on modern Airbus narrowbodies.

Vistara VT-TTN Airbus A320. Photo: Ratchapon Pipitsombat/Airways

Fleet Upgrade

The flotation of nine Boeing 737-800s took place after the bankruptcy of Jet Airways (9W) in 2019. The Boeing 737 increased capacity while UK waited for new Airbus aircraft. A year later, however, the first Boeings were floated out again.

At the beginning of 2023, the Indian airline had only three but retired VT-TGH in February and VT-TGB in May.

Most recently, VT-TGE operated UK885/886 between Kochi and Delhi and UK895/896 between Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi. An A320-200N now serves these flights.

After the last Boeing 737-800s have been floated out, the airline, owned by Singapore Airlines (SQ) and the Tata Group (49% and 51%, respectively), still has 59 aircraft left and many more ordered from Airbus.

Vistara now operates a fleet of forty-six A320-200Ns, nine A321-200NX, one A321-200NX (LR), and four Boeing 787-9s.

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