Celebrating 86th anniversary of India’s first commercial flight

ON October 15, 2018, all passengers aboard the special Vistara flight on the Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai will have the opportunity to enjoy dishes that were among JRD Tata’s favourites.

Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier, will celebrate the 86th anniversary of Tata Air Services’ inaugural flight (also India’s first commercial flight) on October 15, 2018, in a special way to pay tribute to JRD Tata and relive the beginning of aviation in India – the golden days of flying. On this occasion, Vistara will operate a special Flight No UK 001 on the celebratory Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai route with its ‘retrojet’ aircraft bearing the historic registration number VT-ATV, India’s first-of-its-kind aircraft painted in a retro-themed livery.

The airline’s cabin crew will be dressed in their retro-style uniform and customers will be welcomed with special memorabilia and served dishes that were among JRD Tata’s favourites, as remembered by senior chefs at Taj Hotels. The special dishes include cheddar cheese and onion omelet, crêpe au champignon, meat medley, Waldorf salad, minestrone soup, herb roast chicken, Goan prawn curry and crème caramel to name a few.

October 15, 1932, was the date that made aviation history in India, as JRD Tata piloted the first-ever flight of Tata Air Services from Karachi’s Drigh Road Aerodrome to Mumbai’s Juhu Airstrip via Ahmedabad. The aircraft was a single-engine De Havilland Puss Moth that carried airmail letters. Vistara’s celebration of the glorious Indian aviation history reclaims for Vistara, the space once held by the pioneers of aviation in India, Tata Sons, and the Father of Indian Aviation, Shri JRD Tata. It also reflects the airline’s commitment to bringing back the charm of flying, in pursuit of which Vistara has disrupted the Indian aviation sector with several industry-first concepts that have won over millions of customers.

Last month, in celebration of 150 years of the Tata group, Vistara unveiled its 22nd aircraft (an Airbus A320neo) with an extraordinary retro livery that recreates the one used in the 1940s by Tata Air Lines, India’s first airline. 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 5 September 2018 from Delhi to Mumbai. Vistara will operate such commemorative flights on the #VistaraRetrojet over the next one year to mark such special occasions and continue celebrating its enviable parentage.

As the highest-rated Indian airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, and winner of several ‘Best in Industry’ awards, Vistara has consistently raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry in a short span of less than four years. The airline today serves 22 destinations with over 800 flights a week and a fleet of 22 aircraft. Recently, Vistara expressed its intent to order a combination of purchased and leased aircraft totalling 50 from the Airbus A320neo family (including the A321neo) well as six purchased Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

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