Vistara places US$3.1 billion order for Airbus, Boeing jets

Airbus jets are among those ordered by Vistara. (Reuters pic)

SINGAPORE: Indian airline Vistara has placed firm orders for 13 Airbus SE A320neos and six Boeing Co 787 jets valued at US$3.1 billion (RM12.5 billion) at list prices, as it looks to add more domestic flights and launch international routes later this year.

The joint venture between India’s Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd said it also had purchase rights over five more 787-9s, options over seven more A320neos, and would procure another 37 A320neos from leasing companies.

“India’s position as the world’s fastest-growing domestic aviation market and its impressive growth in air passenger traffic that has more than doubled over the last decade makes us confident of our aggressive plans for domestic expansion and international foray,” Vistara CEO Leslie Thng said in a statement on Wednesday.

The order comes a week before the Farnborough Airshow in the UK, where, according to aviation consultancy IBA, global planemakers could reap 900 orders and commitments.

Vistara had been examining the addition of more jets for months amid plans to enter the international market to offset a highly competitive, price-sensitive domestic market.

Reuters last month reported that Vistara had decided to order six Boeing 787s rather than the rival A330neo and that it might expand its fleet of leased A320neos.