India’s Vistara will begin flying a daily Delhi-Male service with three-class A320 neo aircraft from 1 October.

Vistara will be the only carrier flying Delhi-Male nonstop.

The airline, jointly owned by Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, already operates Mumbai to Male.

“We are thrilled to introduce direct connectivity between Delhi and Malé – our second route to the exquisite beach destination, in addition to Mumbai-Malé.

This new route will enable us to provide our customers with enhanced access to one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations while also imparting further momentum to the existing bilateral cooperation between India and the Republic of Maldives,” said Vistara CEO, Vinod Kannan.

Flights will depart Delhi as UK273 at 1045, arriving in Male at 1420. They return as UK274 at 1520, landing back in the Indian capital at 1955.

Vistara’s A320 neo aircraft come in a three-class configuration, with eight seats in business class, 24 in premium economy and 126 in standard economy class.

Vistara currently has a fleet of 60 aircraft, including 46 Airbus A320 neo, 10 Airbus A321 neo and four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Its part-owner, Singapore Airlines, will continue flying twice a day on Singapore-Male using a combination of Boeing 737 Max 8 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft.