Vistara has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR, as it focuses on building up its international network.

The aircraft (VT-TVG, MSN11138) arrived at the airline’s Delhi hub on 4 February from Airbus’ Hamburg facility. According to Cirium fleets data, the aircraft is managed by lessor Avolon.

Vistara inducts A321LR in its fleet (2)

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Vistara took delivery of its first A321LR on 4 February.

With the arrival of the first aircraft, Vistara becomes India’s first – and possibly only – A321LR operator.

The non-long-range A321neo is more widely operated in the Indian market, with Vistara and low-cost giant IndiGo operating the type. IndiGo also has A321XLRs on order.

In a statement on 6 February, Vistara, a joint venture between India’s Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, says: “[The] Airbus A321LR opens an array of possibilities for Vistara as it focuses on expanding its international network.”

Airline chief Vinod Kannan adds: “This addition reiterates our stronger focus on international expansion, and enables us to offer longer range connectivity to our customers while also maintaining greater fuel efficiency.”

The narrowbody is configured to seat 188 passengers in business, premium economy and economy class. The airline, which will be merged with fellow Tata-owned carrier Air India, did not say where it will deploy the aircraft.