Indian carrier Vistara has commenced thrice-weekly flights between Delhi and London Heathrow under a bilateral “transport bubble” arrangement, and is in discussions to operate to other European countries. 

London Heathrow, which it will operate from 28 August to 30 September, will be the carrier’s first long-haul destination in its network. 

The route will operated by the carrier’s Boeing 787-9, which it first took delivery of in March. Vistara — a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Indian conglomerate Tata Group — recently took delivery of its second widebody. 

The carrier adds that it is “seeking necessary regulatory approvals” to operate similar special flights to Paris and Frankfurt. 

Vistara chief Leslie Thng says: “As the world starts opening up in a phased manner following an extended global lockdown, these special flights give us the privilege of facilitating travel between the two countries.” 

India has “transport bubble” arrangements with several countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, as well as Canada.