NEW DELHI : India’s airline Vistara has launched its daily flights from Mumbai to Dubai. The return fares are being offered at an introductory price of approximately Dh912 ( 17,820).

The carrier, which added Dubai as its second international destination, will also start flights to its third foreign destination--Bangkok--from 27 August.

Vistara’s first Mumbai-Dubai flight departed on Wednesday and landed in Dubai at around 6 PM.

Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines, started its international operations earlier this month.

"We are very excited to start our service to Dubai, a city that is home to millions of Indians, place of business for many Indian corporations and is also the most-preferred holiday destination for so many people," Vistara chief executive officer (CEO) Leslie Thng said on Thursday.

During its maiden service to Dubai, the airline celebrated the occasion with all its passengers on the flight. Its passengers were welcomed in Dubai with a special event organised by the Dubai Airports.

The carrier, which is aggressively looking to expand its operations, is set to start long-haul international flights to destinations in Europe and Australia next year. It will also look for code-share partnerships with other airlines in the new geographies.

Last July, Vistara ordered 19 planes worth $3.1 billion from Airbus SE and Boeing Co.

The airline has hired 600 former Jet Airways’ employees, including over 100 pilots.

Vistara, which operates more than 1,200 flights a week, now connects 27 destinations. It has flown more than 16 million passengers since starting its operations in 2015.


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