first_imgUnder the new rules, domestic airlines can fly overseas Under the new rules, domestic airlines can fly overseas provided they deploy 20 aircraft or 20 per cent of their capacity in the domestic market, whichever is higher.It can be noted that the newest airline Vistara and the budget carrier AirAsia India were behind the campaign to end the 5/20 rule. Now they are speeding up their fleet expansion so they can fly overseas sooner and compete with local rivals Jet Airways and state-owned Air India.Earlier this month, Vistara chief executive Phee Teik Yeoh had said that the airline was readying a long-term plan for starting international operations and that he would meet the board with a plan within the next two months.”There is no stopping us from preponing our aircraft deliveries, but we would like to go overseas only when we are ready. Its not about to be the first, or the earliest, and not so much about how fast we go. I dont see how all this can be done in the next 9-12 months. Easily, its a minimum one-year affair,” Yeoh had said earlier this month.Yeoh had also said advancing the plane delivery is something that he would not rule out. “Advancing just to go overseas is not good enough. We should not lose sight of the fact that we have domestic operations to run,” he had said.He had further said that the airline would induct wide-bodied, long-haul planes and consider starting direct flights to Britain and the US.advertisementVistara, which started operations on January 9, 2015, connects 17 cities now and Port Blair will be the 18th destination from October, Kapoor said today.Kapoor also said the airline has been witnessing steady increase in its loads factor, which is amongst the highest now at 90 per cent economy class and 80 per cent for overall three seating configuration.Vistara is the only airline in the country that offers a three-class configuration with the economy, the premium economy and the business class, he said. PTI BEN NP MR SRElast_img

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