I think Vistara should partner with BA or VS and start Gatwick and flying a few key LGW-US routes for either VS or BA. For instance, Vistara could takeover VS' JFK-LGW. LGW is great for O&D but the lack of feed could really hurt an Indian airline. Jet definitely got a lot of transfer pax from VS in London. Was actually quite impressive how much traffic VS handed off (and KL at AMS and AF at CDG). On Haneda, I wonder if Japan would give an extension because of Corona Virus?
Only JFK makes sense for a LGW-NA fifth freedom flight. The others being TPA, MCO and LAS, you are mostly looking at leisure traffic. Of course I admit that I don't know what kind of a/c config is being deployed on these routes. And that would be contingent on the fact that they can actually put in place a code share/revenue sharing partnership with either BA or VS pretty soon here. The idea being propagated on this thread multiple times is (for whatever reason) that BA and UK are "partners". All they have so far is a code share from BA to UK ex-DEL for domestic within India. That is the extent of the partnership. OTH, UK actually has a closer relationship with UA in light of the recent accruals & redemption agreement (A friend just flew PNQ-DEL-SFO on UK-UA last week).
Also IF UK does go this route (DEL-LGW-XXX), then with only 2 x 789s on their current timeline, HND or NRT isn't happening anytime soon.
As far as we know, US isn’t in their immediate plan.
They have only indicated Tokyo and london. Presumably if they have 2 787, they can do both daily and should any aircraft go tech, they can transfer passengers to JAL or BA.
Whats puzzling is that they have gone completely silent on Tokyo, so I wouldn’t rule out a service from London to New York. This, however, wouldn’t make perfect sense since Air India, Delta, and United have all decided that non stops (India to US) are a better option for them.
Damn, why does Vistara keep up waiting?
By the way, the tone and language used by the Gatwick Director suggests that Vistara may already have a much deeper and immediate need to go to Heathrow . I am guessing that some carriers have already offered their slots to Vistara who is probably haggling about the price it is willing to pay.