Mumbai: Bhaskar Bhat, managing director of Tata Group-controlled Titan Co Ltd, has taken over as chairman of Tata SIA Airlines Ltd, succeeding Prasad Menon who retired on 13 January.

Bhat joined the board of the company on 14 January.

As the managing director of Titan since 2002 and a founding member of the company, Bhat led it to become the largest watch manufacturer in India and the fifth largest in the world.

Tata SIA Airlines, which flies under the brand Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51% in the company and SIA holding the rest.

“I am honoured to succeed Menon, and deeply appreciate how Vistara has established its firm presence in India. Vistara is founded on common values of the Tata group and SIA," Bhat said.

“My focus will be on ensuring that Vistara continues to deliver the legendary service excellence and hospitality that the Tata group and SIA are known for," he added.

Vistara completed its first year of operations on 9 January. The airline has a fleet of nine brand new A320 aircraft, operating 307 weekly flights to 12 destinations across the country.

It has flown more than one million passengers.

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