Tata-SIA run Vistara airline on Thursday announced the launch of its international operations from next month with flight services to Singapore from New Delhi and Mumbai.
Vistara will operate two daily flights to Singapore, one each from New Delhi and Mumbai, starting August 6 and August 7 respectively, the airline said in a release.
The Delhi-based carrier currently operates to 24 domestic destinations.
The international services to Singapore will be operated by a Boeing 737-800NG aircraft with a two-class cabin configuration -- business and economy -- it said.
"We are excited to start with Singapore as our first international destination, which we see as a very important market, given the opportunities it presents for corporate, business as well as leisure travel," Vistara's chief executive officer Leslie Thng said.
After the launch of the services to Singapore, Vistara will expand its footprint to other international markets going forward, the release said.
Vistara was founded in 2013 as a joint venture (JV) between India's Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines (SIA). The two companies had made a bid in the mid-1990s to launch a full service carrier in India that was unsuccessful, being denied regulatory approval by the Indian government.
With its strong historical ties with aviation, the Tata group had long wished to re-enter the aviation sector, after Tata Airlines was renamed Air India and eventually, nationalized. Both, the Tata group and Singapore Airlines were also firm believers in the growth potential of the Indian aviation sector and hence tried to enter the market in the past; first, in 1994 by setting up a joint venture to start an airline in India and then in 2000, teaming up to purchase stakes in Air India.
However, after the lifting of foreign investment restrictions in 2012, the partners once again sought approval for a tie-up, which it obtained in October 2013. On November 5, 2013, Vistara’s holding company, TATA SIA Airlines Limited, was incorporated.