Global Marine Travel offers a full and flexible Vistara product for Marine customers. Vistara covers a strong domestic network for India including international flights to Asia and Europe. The product is designed to support those who work at sea and are sold via specialist Marine Travel Agents like GMT.
Vistara is a 51:49 joint venture of Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA). In 2013, Vistara’ s two parent companies, Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, decided to fulfil a long-cherished shared dream to bring a distinguished flying experience to travellers in India. With its strong historical ties with aviation, the Tata group had long wished to re-enter the aviation sector, after Tata Airlines was renamed Air India and eventually nationalised. Both, the Tata group and Singapore Airlines were also firm believers in the growth potential of the Indian aviation sector and had tried to enter the market in the past. After restrictions in foreign investment in Indian aviation were relaxed, the two organisations once again sought approval for a JV partnership, which it obtained in October 2013. On November 5, 2013, Vistara’s holding company, TATA SIA Airlines Limited, was incorporated.
The goal of the joint venture is to redefine air travel; and to provide its customers a seamless and personalised flying experience that blends Tata’s and SIA’s service excellence and legendary hospitality. The brand name ‘Vistara’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Vistaar’ which means ‘a limitless expanse’. The name draws inspiration from the world that Vistara inhabits, viz. the ‘limitless’ sky. The Vistara star is derived from a Yantra, an ancient symbol that depicts an unbounded universe in a perfect mathematical form. At its heart, is an 8-pointed star derived from the compass rose that signals the brand’s commitment to excellence in everything that it does. The brand also draws stimulus from the image that passengers most associate with a smooth and enjoyable flight — the endless, blue horizon they see through the windows of an aircraft.
On 9 January 2015, Vistara started its operations with its maiden flight from Delhi to Mumbai. In the span of eight years, Vistara has won over millions of passengers offering them the ‘new feeling of flying’ with a world-class product, while rapidly expanding its network and fleet. Vistara operates over 280 flights a day with a fleet of 62 aircrafts (47 Airbus A320neo, 10 Airbus A321 and 5 Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner). The airline connects 31 cities across India, namely, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaturu, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur and Varanasi. Vistara currently connects 15 international destinations: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Bangkok (Thailand), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Denpasar (Indonesia), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Frankfurt (Germany), Hong-Kong (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Kathmandu (Nepal), London Heathrow (United Kingdom), Male (Maldives), Mauritius (South Africa); Muscat (Oman), Paris CDG (France) and Singapore. The airline has flown more than 45 million passengers since starting operations. The airline is on course to induct a mix of narrow-body and wide- body taking the total count to over 70 aircraft by end of 2024, moving forward in its vision of becoming a global airline of choice.