This may come as a surprise. In a highly business friendly Modi regime, the Tata Singapore Airlines joint Venture Vistara’s taking delivery of its first aircraft has hit hurdles courtesy government red tape.
The reason for the hurdle, is allegedly Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) objection that the operations manual of airline was not ready and hence it could not be allowed to fly into India.
DGCA had initially cleared the proposal of Tata SIA to take delivery of the Airbus aircraft when both the officials of the airline and that of DGCA were present at Toulouse, the manufacturing base of Airbus Industrie in France. But DGCA apparently changed its mind.
Vistara has confirmed non-delivery of aircraft from France. A spokesperson of Vistara explained that multiple approvals were required for taking delivery of the aircraft. Vistara said it needed more time to complete the procedural formalities for taking delivery of the aircraft and hence decided to defer ferrying the first aircraft.
Normally new airlines are allowed to ferry their first aircraft without operations manual in place but undergo strict checks including proving flights under the watchful eye of the DGCA. But what is perplexing is that DGCA official was present at Toulouse along with pilots and engineers of Vistara to inspect and register the plane.