- Vistara will be full-service airline for India
- Joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Group
- Based in Delhi, with Inaugural flights in October
It's not every day that an all-new airline takes to the skies but Singapore Airlines and Tata hope their joint venture – dubbed Vistara, from a Sanskrit word which means 'limitless expanse' – won't be just another airline.
Bucking the trend towards low-cost carriers, Vistara will be a full-service airline with business class, economy class and possibly an 'in between' section, which could either be Premium Economy or an extra-legroom Economy Plus.
Vistara will take on domestic competitors Air India and Jet Airways with a pointy end that's very premium, to "create the finest flying experience in Indian skies."
The first Vistara flights will launch in October from the airline's hub at Delhi, with five Indian cities at launch and reaching as many as 11 cities by the end of 2015.
The airline also has its eye on international flights but these will require government approval, as Indian civil aviation rules do not allow domestic airlines less than five years old with a fleet of less than 20 aircraft to begin international services.
The Vistara fleet will comprise twenty Airbus A320s, including seven of the latest A320NEO jets, although these will be leased rather than purchased outright.
Vistara'a livery and uniforms pick up royal purples with gold accents.
Singapore Airlines will hold a 49% stake in Vistara while Tata Sons' gets the majority 51 percent stake, with an initial investment of US$100 million between the two companies.
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