Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Vistara is an Indian domestic airline founded in 2015 as a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata. Today it’s the sixth largest domestic carrier in India, serving 24 destinations across India with a fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Vistara offer a Premium Economy cabin onboard their domestic services, in addition to a business class and economy cabin. I chose to fly in Premium Economy today onboard an Airbus A320neo, for the short flight down to Ahmedabad.

Airport security in India is very strict.  After passing through a boarding pass check to enter the terminal, there is a security screening point just inside the doors.  Once through there you have to get your name written in a book, all before you check in.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Check in

Vistara offer a separate Premium Economy and Business Class check in.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Security

If getting into the terminal wasn’t difficult enough, security to get airside was another level entirely. Passengers have to empty every single electronic item, cable and battery into a tray. Staff are incredibly strict and I got sent to the back of the line twice after misunderstanding.

Even when you’re through the checkpoint, there is a separate frisking for every single passenger. Boarding passes are required at this point, and I’d sent mine through the scanner so had to once again go back to retrieve it.

Finally, I passed security and was airside, and I headed for the upstairs food court.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

There is a substantial food court with many Indian and western outlets, all with an Indian twist.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

After grabbing breakfast I headed for the gate.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Boarding

Boarding was called first for business class, and next for Premium Economy.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

I received a warm welcome onboard the Airbus A320neo from the cabin crew and made my way through the business class cabin to Premium Economy.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Breakfast menus were brought around.  I was surprised that a meal would be served on this flight, but I chose the omelette as the closest thing to breakfast my Western mind imagines.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Pretty soon we headed to the active runway, and were followed out by a Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 737.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

We took off into the murky skies of Delhi.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Inflight entertainment

Vistara’s aircraft feature WiFi, which seems to only work for inflight entertainment using the Vistara World system.  There is a range of Bollywood movies, TV shows and a live flight map.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Breakfast service

My Mexican omelette arrived and I was pleasantly surprised by the size and quality of the meal.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

 

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Vistara operate a fleet of A320ceo, A320neo and Boeing 737-800 aircraft on a route network across India.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Landing

Pretty soon we were on approach to Ahmedabad, in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

We disembarked into the terminal and headed on through.

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Flight Review: Vistara Premium Economy – Delhi to Ahmedabad

Overall I found Vistara to be a fantastic airline. The Singapore Airlines influence is strong and it’s clear that Vistara offer a premium product in the crowded Indian domestic aviation market.

I wouldn’t hesitate to fly with them again – and look forward to them starting international service when they receive their Boeing 787s.

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