Vistara to launch Mumbai-Heathrow route

27 Nov 2020 by Mark Caswell
Vistara B787-9

Indian carrier Vistara has announced plans to launch direct, nonstop flights between Mumbai and London Heathrow from January 16, 2021.

The three times weekly service will be operated by a B787-9 Dreamliner featuring economy, premium economy and business class, the last of which will offer fully flat beds. Customers will also benefit from free inflight wifi internet access.

Flights will depart Mumbai on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1315, arriving into Heathrow at 1735, with the return leg leaving London at 2020, landing back into Mumbai at 1055 the following day.

Vistara business class

The new route joins Vistara’s recently launched service between Delhi and London Heathrow, and is part of the ‘transport bubble’ agreement between India and the UK.

Commenting on the news Leslie Thng, chief executive officer, Vistara, said:

“We are delighted at the very positive response to our service between Delhi and London Heathrow which has encouraged us to further strengthen the network by adding connectivity from Mumbai as we see considerable demand between the two countries, and remain optimistic about the future.

“Vistara is well-positioned with its brand new fleet, world-class cabin products, award-winning service, and more importantly, the trust of our customers.”

Meanwhile it is understood that fellow Indian carrier Spicejet has postponed plans for the launch of its flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Heathrow.

As previously reported, Spicejet had intended to launch the routes in December, but the carrier told The Times of India that “In view of the prevailing conditions in the United Kingdom, Spicejet has decided to postpone the launch of its seasonal flights to London, which were scheduled under the India-UK air bubble agreement”.

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