Full service carrier Vistara announced the operation of special flights on Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai route with its 'retrojet' aircraft on October 15, at a starting all-inclusive price of Rs 3,189. Vistara's 'retrojet' aircraft will be bearing the historic registration number VT-ATV, India's first-of-its kind aircraft painted in a retro-themed livery, said the carrier in a press release. October 15 marks the 86th anniversary of the launch of Tata Air Services. "Piloted by JRD Tata himself, the first flight flew from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad. Vistara Retrojet will be recreating the historic flight by operating from Delhi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad for the first time ever", noted the carrier on its website- airvistara.com - and on its Twitter handle @@airvistara.
#ThisDayThatYear: In 1932, #JRDTata piloted the first-ever Tata Airlines’ flight from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad, marking the birth of civil aviation in India. #CelebratingTheLegendpic.twitter.com/Msy1mS1dAE— Tata Group (@TataCompanies) October 15, 2018
Bookings for the flights are open on the official website of the airline. The flight from Ahmedabad to Mumbai is available at a starting price of Rs 3,189. The flight from Delhi to Ahmedabad is available at a starting price of Rs 4,037.
It’s a special day! We celebrate 86th anniversary of J.R.D. Tata’s first flight. #VistaraRetrojet is getting ready to take the retro experience to the sky again. Stay tuned as we take you through the day as it happens. #FlyTheNewFeeling#VistaraLovepic.twitter.com/v2oY7tIyuX— Vistara (@airvistara) October 15, 2018
Vistara unveiled its 22nd aircraft on September 1, 2018, an Airbus A320 neo with a retro-livery, along with a historic aircraft registration number. The 'retrojet' took its first flight on September 5, 2018. Vistara also introduced a distinct retro-uniform for its cabin crew, to be worn on special occasions that started with the aircraft's inaugural flight on September 5 from Delhi to Mumbai.
Delighted to welcome Mr. Doongaji, a close associate of J.R.D. Tata. He shared anecdotes of the #FatherOfIndianAviation with passengers of UK 1 #VistaraRetrojet, as we celebrate the 86th anniversary of JRD’s first flight. Ready to fly, stay tuned. #FlyTheNewFeeling#VistaraLovepic.twitter.com/MzFPcdiIji— Vistara (@airvistara) October 15, 2018
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%. The airline currently serves 22 destinations with over 800 flights a week and a fleet of 22 aircraft, the press release said.