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    Vistara to receive DGCA nod for  Boeing 737 in a week, applies for 10 Jet B737s

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    Vistara to receive DGCA nod for  Boeing 737 in a week, applies for 10 Jet B737s

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    Tata SIA Airlines-operated Vistara is likely to receive a green signal from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to operate Boeing 737 aircraft in less than a week, a government official told CNBC-TV18.

    Tata SIA Airlines-operated Vistara is likely to receive a green signal from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to operate Boeing 737 aircraft in less than a week, a government official told CNBC-TV18.
    "Vistara is an all Airbus fleet as of now. So certain formalities and checks were needed before we permit them to operate Boeing 737 fleet. That should happen in a week or so," the official said on condition of anonymity.
    Vistara, which is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, currently operates a fleet of 22 Airbus A320 aircraft and has recently announced plans to induct four Boeing 737-800 planes and two A320neo planes.
    However, it is learnt that the carrier has applied for a total of 10 ex-Jet Airways Boeing 737 planes. "In terms of ex-Jet aircraft, Vistara has applied for 10 Boeing 737 planes and SpiceJet has applied for around 40," another official said.
    The process of de-registration is taking place at breakneck speed at the DGCA, largely because the lessors are Keen not to have a repeat of Kingfisher Airlines situation.
    "This time, lessors don't want a repeat of Kingfisher where aircraft were stuck at the airports because of non-payment of dues to the airport operator and ultimately, those planes were in no condition to fly at all. Lessors are quick in submitting no-objection certificates from airport operators and on that basis de-registration is being done at a high pace," the official added.
    Nearly 80 percent of Jet Airways' fleet has already been de-registered by the DGCA.
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