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NEW DELHI: Vistara, joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, has taken delivery of its first wide-body aircraft Boeing 787-9, which will be used to start long-haul international routes, the airline on Friday said.

Currently, Air India is the only Indian airline to fly to long haul international destinations in Europe, US, East Asia and Australia.

The 787-9 aircraft delivered to Vistara is the first of the six wide body planes received by the airline from Boeing Co.

"Vistara's first Boeing 787 aircraft will fly customers within India for a limited period of time from March 2020 before being deployed for long haul international routes," the airline said in a statement.

With the induction of the Boeing 787, Vistara will also be the first Indian carrier to offer three-class cabin configuration -- economy, premium economy and business class -- on its long-haul flights. At present, national carrier Air India offers only two-class cabin configuration.

Vistara's chief executive Leslie Thng had last year said the airline will consider flying to Australia, Europe, among other destinations in 2020 after getting deliveries of its wide-body planes.

“We do have plans to eventually fly to Australia on our own. We are also working on vice-versa codeshare with British Airways (for Europe)," Thng had told Mint in August.

Vistara's Boeing 787-9 (Dreamliners) aircraft will come with 299 seats across three-class cabin configuration.

"Vistara's Dreamliners feature lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration that gives direct aisle access to each Business Class passenger, and a separate Premium Economy cabin will offer seats in a 2-3-2 configuration," a statement from the airline said, adding that it will also provide on-board Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

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