Vistara Delhi-London booking opens- Can we fly?

 Air Vistara has announced its flight to London Heathrow from Delhi starting August 28. Here's what we know.

Vistara has recently got delivery of its dreamliner, Boeing 787 and that widebody aircraft is being rightly deployed for London flight. You can enjoy an excellent aircraft with Vistara Hospitality for sure.

Can we really fly? The schedule is still subject to regulatory approval. Indian airspace is currently closed for international flights except few repatriation flights being operated under Vande Bharath mission or through air bubble arrangement between select countries. There's no word on resuming normal international flights as of now. Hopefully normal international flights can resume from next month but we will know only after Govt opens up the skies.

Looks like a case of UK trying to fly to UK without Govt OK

Economy Lite: Meals seem to be included in Economy Lite fare (they are usually buy on board for domestic flights). Assuming meals included, only difference between Economy Value and Economy Standard seem to be in excess baggage fare. If you need to carry a 2-5 kilos extra paying 1000 Rs more for Economy Standard would pay off. I would have liked a cabin baggage only fare for 2-3k less, but then Vistara is full service airline and not many fly around the world with just cabin bag as I might do

Vistara's advertised price for UK is 55k for a return ticket. Most dates I checked had pricing about 60k INR, which is not cheap but reasonable under current circumstances. If you are not particular about a direct flight you should be able to get one stop flights cheaper.

We also need to factor UK Visa processing timeline and quarantine rules.

Vistara is the only airline other than Air India to fly to London. Kingfisher and Jet Airways that used to fly to London are not in business now. Indigo had plans of one stop flight to London but didn't materialize. Spicejet has leased a widebody aircraft, let us see their next move.

Are you excited about flying to London? Do you think normal international flights will resume from next month?

Meanwhile, if you fancy going to London by bus, check this post. 

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