India’s full-service airline, Vistara will launch a third daily direct service between Delhi and Kolkata, this evening.
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The launch date has been selected to aide crowds travelling between the two cities for Durga Puja, which will be celebrated from September 26-30. This service will operate until October 28.
Until the end of this month, Vistara will serve Bengali cuisine on flights from Kolkata. The festive menu on-board Vistara includes dishes such as chicken kabiraji (fried chicken coated with a mixture of egg and breadcrumbs), kosha aloo dum (baby potatoes in a tomato gravy cooked on slow fire), kasha mangsho/chicken (mutton/chicken simmered on slow fire with fried onions, yoghurt, cinnamon, green cardamom and bay leaves), maacher paturi (fish fillet in a spicy mustard paste steamed in banana leaves), and jheenge aloo posto (gourd and diced potatoes in a paste of poppy seeds and fresh spices). Desserts include sweets typical to the state of West Bengal.
Sanjiv Kapoor, the chief strategy and commercial officer at Vistara says, “Kolkata has played an important role in Vistara’s growth, and the performance of our flights and market acceptance have grown strongly since we started flying to Kolkata last year. This is the happiest time of the year for every Bengali and for all “Kolkatans”, and all of us at Vistara are equally excited about Durga Puja. During this festive season, we are pleased to serve our customers a thoughtfully curated Durga Puja special inflight menu. We want our customers to have a feast on our flights just as they would in their homes during this special festive season. And of course, at Vistara meals are included in the ticket price.”