France Calling: Vistara Will Launch Boeing 787 Flights To Paris

Indian carrier Vistara is seeking to expand its long-haul network. The airline today revealed plans to add the…

France Calling: Vistara Will Launch Boeing 787 Flights To Paris

Indian carrier Vistara is seeking to expand its long-haul network. The airline today revealed plans to add the French capital city, Paris, to its growing network. Vistara will launch the route with its limited Boeing 787 fleet due to the ongoing pause concerning new Dreamliner deliveries.

Vistara’s Boeing 787s will soon fly to Paris. Photo: Getty Images

While Vistara only has two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the airline is keen to use them. The global health crisis had depressed the need to seek long-haul flights, but as it subsides, people are eager to travel, and airlines want to carry them. Vistara is now hoping to turn two 787 routes into three.

Bonjour Vistara

Vistara’s latest Boeing 787 route is due to be launched on November 7th. From this date, the Indian carrier will begin flying between Delhi and Paris twice a week. Flights will depart from Delhi and Paris twice a week to the following schedule,

  • UK 21 – Delhi (DEL) 13:45 – Paris (CDG) 18:40 – Nine hours and 25 minutes
  • UK 22 – Paris (CDG) 21:45 – Delhi (DEL) 10:30+1 – Eight hours and 15 minutes

Interestingly, the inaugural flight won’t follow the schedule. It will leave Paris on the Monday. This is likely to do with crew rest, as there won’t be a crew in the city on a layover ahead of the first flight, which may carry another crew to wait for the second flight.

Vistara, Boeing 787, Paris
The Paris route will operate alongside flights to London and Frankfurt. Photo: Cirium

The flights will be offered with three cabin classes. Economy class tickets will cost ₹40,499 ($548,84) from India and €560 ($657.59) from Paris for an all-inclusive round trip. Premium economy will set passengers back ₹71,999 ($975.73) and €880 ($1,033.35) respectively. Finally, business class will be priced at ₹135,999 ($1,843.05) and €2,020 ($2,372.01).

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Commenting, Leslie Thng, Vistara’s outgoing CEO, said,

“We are very pleased to commence flights to Paris, a step that reflects our commitment to growing our global network. These flights give us the opportunity to further build our presence in Europe and to present India’s finest fullservice carrier to the world.”

Vistara’s Boeing 787 fleet

Vistara has placed orders for six Boeing 787 aircraft but currently only has two -9s. The first was delivered to the airline in February 2020, with the second following in August of that year. Unfortunately, the Indian carrier has been unable to take delivery of any more aircraft since.
Dreamliner deliveries have been largely on hold for almost a year. A few aircraft were delivered earlier this year,

  • March – Two aircraft
  • April – Nine aircraft
  • May – Two aircraft
  • June – One aircraft
Vistara, Boeing 787, Paris
Vistara Boeing 787s are waiting to be delivered in the Mojave Desert. Photo: Vincenzo Pace – Simple Flying

Two weeks ago, Simple Flying reported that Boeing may not resume 787 deliveries until October. In the manufacturer’s Q2 results call, it revealed that it had roughly 100 787s ready to deliver, including at least one for Vistara. Fewer than half are expected to be delivered this year.

Once Vistara takes delivery of its outstanding 787’s, we can expect that the airline will add more long-haul destinations and potentially increase frequencies. The airline has previously indicated that it wishes to use the Boeing 787 for flights to the United States.

What do you make of Vistara’s Paris plans? Let us know what you think and why in the comments.

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To The Big Apple: Condor Announces New York Flights

Germany’s leisure airline, Condor, has put on sale a five-weekly service between Frankfurt – the carrier’s main airport…

To The Big Apple: Condor Announces New York Flights

Germany’s leisure airline, Condor, has put on sale a five-weekly service between Frankfurt – the carrier’s main airport – and New York JFK. Revolving around weekend breaks to the Big Apple, it won’t be the first time it has served the route. It has been lured back from surging demand and almost 10,000 fewer weekly seats from no Singapore Airlines or Delta at the moment.

Condor operated Frankfurt-JFK on a low-capacity basis in 2016 and most years since. Photo: Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr.

What’s happening?

Starting on November 11th, the 3,351 nautical mile route – ordinarily the 15th-largest non-stop market between the US and Europe – has the following schedule, with all times local.

  • DE2016: Frankfurt-JFK, 11:10-14:00
  • DE2017: JFK-Frankfurt, 16:25-05:50+1 (the next day)

It’ll operate Thursdays to Mondays, designed for long weekend getaways to the Big Apple as Christmastime approaches, until January 9th. The B767-300ER will be used. Although which specific configuration will be deployed isn’t known, the type has three layouts, each with 35 seats in premium economy, between 18 and 30 in business, and from 180 to 202 in economy.

Condor 767
This specific aircraft is 27.5 years old and is no longer operated by Condor. Having been with China Xinjiang, Eurofly, Alitalia, and Condor, it is now with Atlas Air as N664GT. Photo: Thomas Boon – Simple Flying.

Why is it happening?

Condor’s JFK route is happening for two main reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, the US will welcome fully vaccinated citizens from most of Europe, including Germany, from November, which has resulted in burgeoning demand.

Secondly, despite this surge, 54% fewer seats were planned each week in November than previously – a drop of almost 10,000 every week. This is from neither Singapore Airlines nor Delta operating then (see later).

The US opening up once more should help Europe’s stalled recovery and boost the performance of the major US and European network carriers. After all, in normal times, the transatlantic market to the US contributes a significant proportion of their overall profitability. This opening up wasn’t lost on Condor’s CEO, Ralf Teckentrup, who said:

“After the announcement that people from the EU would be able to travel to the USA without any complications the demand for US flights has more than doubled.”

Singapore Airlines, Airbus A380, Return
Singapore Airlines’ long-standing Singapore-Frankfurt-JFK route is presently bookable from January 2nd. Photo: Getty Images.

Frankfurt to JFK; a one million seat market

Frankfurt to JFK is a highly mature market that, by definition, has seen very little growth or change in airlines in the past 17 years. It has had more or less one million seats for a long time. The lack of development is such that in 2019 it had just 1% more non-stop seats than in 2004. No real change normally means strong performance.

In the week that Condor begins, it’ll compete head-to-head with a 14-weekly offering by Lufthansa, with seven-weekly flights by both the 255-seat A330-300 and 364-seat B747-8s. Its 747-8s have eight first-class seats, 80 in business, 32 in premium economy, and 244 in economy.

The development of Frankfurt to JFK
Primera Air had planned to shake up the market by beginning it in summer 2019, along with Frankfurt to Boston, Montreal, and Toronto. However, the carrier ceased to exist in 2018. Source of data: OAG.

Singapore Airlines and Delta will be returning

Singapore Airlines has operated Singapore-Frankfurt-JFK – with fifth-freedom traffic rights – for many years, and since 2014, it has been solely by the A380. It is currently bookable from January 2nd, a week before Condor ends the route, again by the A380.

Delta, meanwhile, had a 15.4% share of the market in 2019. Its once-daily service is bookable from Frankfurt on December 6th, with the 234-seat A330-200 – Delta’s least-used aircraft – plying the route. Condor is benefiting from this capacity gap, but mainly from no Singapore Airlines.

Have you flown between JFK and Frankfurt? Let us know your experiences by commenting.

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