Vistara uses B787 for cargo operations
Vistara uses B787 for cargo operations. The airline had received its first dreamliner just about a couple of months back. The airline has one B787-9 in its fleet now which is being used for cargo services. Commercial passenger operations have been suspended in the country since March 25th.
Vistara cargo operations
Vistara is using its B787-9, the only one in its fleet for cargo operations. The aircraft has a capacity of 20 tons and will be used to fly to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai transporting essential and medical supply.
The airline is supporting the government of India in its ‘Mission Lifeline UDAN’ initiative for transport of relief material and medical supply.
“Vistara started operating the cargo flights on Sunday, April 19, between Delhi and Mumbai, and will operate more such flights over the next two weeks, carrying vital supplies and commercial cargo to and from various parts of India, including but not limited to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai,”The airline had said in a press release about the operation of cargo flights
The airline has said it is looking for more opportunities to expand its cargo operation. Other fellow domestic carriers such as SpiceJet, IndiGo, Air India have all been operating cargo flights both domestically as well as international.
Vistara will ensure that the operating and assisting staff on all cargo flights, including tech crew, engineers, security personnel and cargo loaders, take all necessary precautions for their health and safety while on duty.
Vistara B787-9 VT-TSD
Vistara was the first Indian carrier to have inducted the B787-9 aircraft. It received the aircraft at the end of May and after a few test flights the airline used for commercial flights between Delhi and Mumbai.
The aircraft is registered as VT-TSD and was initially planned to fly to destinations such as London-Heathrow, Frankfurt, Tokyo subject to regulatory approvals.
Vistara had to suspend operations and ground all its aircraft as a result of coronavirus. The aircraft offers a 3-class configuration which is the only airline in India currently to do so.
Vistara had initially bought the Dreamliner for international long haul services to destinations such as London, Tokyo but was forced to ground its aircraft due to the current situation.
With the uncertainty of the situation prevailing with regard to commencement of commercial services we do not know when these would fly out of Indian skies to new territory.