New Delhi, October 15, 2014 – Marking the 82nd anniversary of JRD Tata’s first commercial flight from Karachi to Mumbai, Vistara today welcomed its first A320 aircraft painted with the airline’s livery. The aircraft landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 1630hrs and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute. This was followed by a reception at the airport lounge attended by officials from Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) and Vistara.
The arrival of this aircraft is a significant milestone that takes Vistara closer to its operational launch. The logo in aubergine and gold reflects the core values and philosophy of brand Vistara i.e. excellence, innovation, thoughtfulness, teamwork and trust.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Prasad Menon, Chairman, Vistara, said, “It gives me great pride and joy to present to you our new aircraft on this special day. There could be no better way to celebrate the 82nd anniversary of a significant milestone in Indian aviation – the first commercial flight of Tata Airlines that was piloted by the legendary JRD Tata. I thank DIAL for this amazing reception. Each step in this journey brings us closer to the realization of Vistara, an airline that will redefine the air travel. We are also thankful to the DGCA for their cooperation and support.”
Dr. Mukund Rajan, Director on Board, TSAL said, “Our partnership with GMR/DIAL stems from our common belief in the highest standards of service and will play a key role in shaping great customer experiences. Having chosen Delhi as our home hub, I am very pleased that Vistara has commenced a wonderful working relationship with GMR/DIAL, and I wish both the teams the very best as Vistara heads towards operational launch.”
Mr. Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO, Vistara, said, “I cannot express in words the happiness I feel at having our first painted aircraft here. The fact that it coincides with the 82nd anniversary of JRD Tata’s first commercial flight in India makes it even more historic. The entire team at Vistara has been working really hard for the last many months and it is heartening to see a physical manifestation of the efforts. With this, we are a step closer to realizing our dream of getting the airline off the ground. I thank GMR and DIAL for organizing this heartwarming reception for us. Our partnership is crucial for the success of our vision – that of a seamless flying experience for customers.”
Mr. Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman, GMR Airports, said, “We wholeheartedly welcome Vistara to IGI Airport and congratulate the team for the delivery of their first liveried aircraft. We thank the Vistara leadership for reposing their confidence in DIAL and GMR and look forward to a fruitful partnership with Vistara. The presence of Vistara will provide more full service carrier options to passengers and I am confident that Vistara will positively contribute to the growth of traffic at DIAL."
Mr I. Prabhakara Rao, CEO, GMR, said, “Vistara is the latest entrant into our family of partner airlines and we extend our heartiest congratulations to the team. We are honored that Vistara has chosen Delhi as their base and hub of operations; our state-of-the-art facilities are well equipped to handle their growth plans. We look forward to the operational launch and are sure that Vistara will deliver on its brand promise of giving passengers an unmatched flying experience.”
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About the Vistara Brand and Logo
The brand name of the airline, Vistara is derived from the Sanskrit word, ‘Vistaar’, which means ‘limitless expanse’, and draws inspiration from the brand’s domain – the ‘limitless’ sky. The logo is derived from a ‘yantra’, a perfect mathematical form that reflects the unbounded universe. Its fluid interconnecting lines reflect the seamless experience the airline wants to offer its customers. The eight-pointed star at the centre of the logo reflects the high standards Vistara is committed to and the excellence that will be a hallmark of the airline.
About TATA SIA Airlines Limited
TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51% in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49%. Vistara brings together Tata’s and SIA’s legendary hospitality and renowned service excellence to launch the finest full service carrier in India aimed at creating memorable and personalised flying experiences for its customers. Obsessed with quality, the company aims to set new standards in the aviation industry in India, with international best practices and state-of-the-art technology in the Indian air transport sector.
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