Vistara has announced the addition of India’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet. The aircraft arrived in New Delhi on February 29, 2020 from Boeing’s production facility in Everett, Washington.
The new Dreamliner offers 30 business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration done in premium genuine leather that recline into fully-flat beds and offer direct aisle access to every passenger in the cabin. An 18” high definition (HD) touchscreen in-seat TV, a video handset to navigate the inflight entertainment (IFE) system and ambient lighting in stowage compartments and footwell area are some other features of this cabin.
The premium economy cabin has 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, also upholstered in premium genuine leather. The seats have individually adjustable calf rests, extendable footrests, 7” reclining backrests, six-way adjustable headrests, a 13” HD touchscreen seatback monitor and a touchpad handset control to navigate the entertainment system.
The economy class has 248 seats in 3-3-3 configuration. Greater legroom during long-haul flights is one of the key aspects of this Vistara service.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is also characterised by an advanced air purification system, more headroom, greater space in overhead bins, larger windows that give an increased sense of space, turbulence-dampening technology and lower cabin altitude.
Passengers will be able to enjoy 700 hours of inflight entreatment content including movies, TV shows and audio compilations of various genres as well as games.
Vistara’s Dreamliner is also fitted with a special wellness lighting solution that helps travellers to adjust their sleep schedules and feel less jet-lagged.
Leslie Thng, chief executive officer, Vistara said, “With the unveiling of our new cabin products, today’s milestone reflects Vistara’s deep-rooted commitment to providing our customers with a premium travel experience like no other carrier in India. We are confident that millions of our loyal customers will be delighted to have the choice of flying their favourite Indian airline now on long haul international routes as well.”
At the unveiling of the new aircraft, the airline’s chairman Bhaskar Bhat also expressed the Tata-SIA carrier’s interest in bidding for national carrier Air India.