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Vistara obtains govt nod to launch international flights

Vistara obtains govt nod to launch international flights
“We are closely working with the ministry of civil aviation. Specific details will be shared at an appropriate time," said Vistara Spokesperson. Image Credit: Wikipedia

Domestic airline Vistara has obtained government approval to launch international flights. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday that Vistara has been authorised to mount international flights.

In a short span of fewer than four years. The airline today serves 24 destinations with over 800 flights a week and a fleet of 22 Airbus A320 aircraft and has flown over 13 million customers since launch. "We are closely working with the ministry of civil aviation. Specific details will be shared at an appropriate time," said Vistara Spokesperson.

Vistara, which started operations in 2015, is 51 per cent owned by conglomerate Tata Sons and 49 per cent owned by Singapore Airlines. It was the first airline to introduce premium economy seats. Since January, Vistara has been sending its pilots to fly with Singapore Airlines and its budget subsidiary Scoot.

The initiative is aimed at giving identified young pilots, mostly first officers, the opportunity to gain international as well as operational experience on long-haul wide-bodied Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline will start taking deliveries of Dreamliners next year.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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