The airline service Vistara has been granted permission to fly international routes,civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday.
The joint venture between Singapore Airlines Group and Tata Sons had sought government clearance last June when it added its 20th aircraft and became eligible for offering international service.The licence to fly international routes is a big boost to the airline.
Vistara, which started operations in January 2015, now serves 24 destinations with over 730 flights a week with a fleet of 20 Airbus A320 aircraft.
A Vistara official said on condition of anonymity that the airline has crossed one more hurdle, but it is not there yet. “We are closely working with the ministry of civil aviation. Specific details will be shared at an appropriate time,” a Vistara Spokesperson said.
The airline has already signed a letter of intent with Airbus, which includes 13 firm-ordered Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft, as well as options for seven more aircraft from the A320neo family.
Its 148-seater Airbus A320-200 offers three separate cabins—business, premium economy and economy class,while competitor Jet Airways has a two-class configuration that includes business and economy.