Indian carrier Vistara is going international by offering daily flights to and from Singapore starting in August this year.

Passengers travelling with Vistara will be able to fly to Singapore from New Delhi and Mumbai starting August 6 and 7, respectively. Daily flights from Singapore to New Delhi and Mumbai will also be offered by the airline.

The new routes will be operated on a daily basis by a B737-800 aircraft with 12 business class and 156 economy class seats.

A spokesperson for Vistara told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that ‘Vistara World’, the airline’s complimentary wireless inflight entertainment system, will “soon be made available on our Boeing 737 aircraft as well”.

“Once the aircraft are equipped with this system, customers can access it on their own smart devices or laptops and choose from a content-rich multimedia library of over 70 hours of top-notch Bollywood and Hollywood content of various genres,” the spokesperson said.

As for the meal offering, business class passengers can choose from four dishes and economy class passengers can choose from two, including both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in both classes.

“Our in-flight meal menu will consist Indian/global favourites as well as some local specialties,” the spokesman said.

The schedules for the Singapore-Delhi and Singapore-Mumbai routes is as follows:

Flights between New Delhi (DEL) and Singapore (SIN)
Route  Flight no.  Start date Departure time  Arrival time  Days Aircraft 
Delhi-Singapore UK115 6-Aug-19 23:45 08:15 (+1) Daily B737-800NG
Singapore-Delhi UK116 7-Aug-19 9:30 12:45 Daily
Flights between Mumbai (BOM) and Singapore (SIN)
Route  Flight no.  Start date Departure time  Arrival time  Days Aircraft 
Mumbai-Singapore UK105 7-Aug-19 23:55 08:15 (+1) Daily B737-800NG
Singapore-Mumbai UK106 8-Aug-19 10:30 13:55 Daily

The New Delhi-based carrier has introduced round trip fares. The following table was provided by the airline:

Route  Economy Fares Business Class Fares
Delhi-Singapore-Delhi INR 21,877 (US$319.40) INR 76,890 (US$1122.59)
Singapore-Delhi-Singapore SGD 451 (US$332.16) SGD 1452 (US$1069.40)
Mumbai-Singapore-Mumbai INR 20,778 (US$303.36) INR 63,331 (US$924.63)
Singapore-Mumbai-Singapore SGD 522 (US$384.45) SGD 1972 (US$1452.38)

“We’re excited to start with Singapore as our first international destination, which we see as a very important market, given the opportunities it presents for corporate, business as well as leisure travel,” said chief executive officer Leslie Thng in a press release.

The press release from Vistara also said “the airline views Singapore as a key addition to its network, as demand for travel to and from the country continues to increase, complementing the rising trade, business and tourism.”

Passengers can now book flights on the airline’s website.

Earlier this year, Vistara signed a codeshare agreement with United Airlines. This agreement expanded the US carrier’s network to over 20 destinations throughout India. Over the past two years, Vistara has also signed codeshare deals with  Japan AirlinesBritish Airways, as well as Singapore Airlines and Silk Air.

Vistara is a joint venture between Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Indian company Tata Sons. The airline began operating in 2015, and flies over 1,200 flights per week with a fleet of 23 A320 and six B737-800 aircraft, according to a press release from the airline.

Last year, the Indian carrier placed an aircraft order that included a combination of 50 purchased and leased aircraft from the A320neo family (including the A321neo) which are scheduled to be delivered between 2019 and 2023, according to the airline. The airline added that it also purchased six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that are scheduled to be delivered between 2020 and 2021, and will be used for long-haul international operations.