The full-service carrier Vistara has started the daily service between Mumbai and Dubai on Thursday. Dubai is the second international destination for the airline after Singapore.
Vistara conducted an inaugural ceremony at the Mumbai airport ahead of the flight. Government officials such as Himanshu Gupta, Chief Commissioner of Customs – Mumbai; Sucheta, Deputy Commandment, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF); along with some senior officials of GVK Mumbai International Airport (CSMIA) were present at the inaugural ceremony.
Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer Leslie Thng expressed his excitement of starting the service to Dubai. “Dubai is a city that’s home to millions of Indians, place of business for many Indian corporations and is also the most preferred holiday destination for so many people. Dubai also has India’s best airline that’s committed to making a mark in global aviation with a world-class product and gold-standard service. With a great product and unmatched Indian hospitality, we bring something unique to the India-UAE route and are confident that travellers will enjoy flying the ‘new feeling’ with Vistara,” he said.
Vistara gifted the passengers of the flight with memorabilia and chocolates. Dubai Airport too organized a welcome ceremony for the airline’s first service to the city. Eugene Barry, Executive Vice President – Commercial, Dubai Airports was present at the ceremony.
The flight Vistara UK 201 left Mumbai airport at 4.25 pm Thursday and arrived in Dubai at 6.15 pm. The return flight Vistara UK 202 will start from Dubai at 7.15 pm and will land in Mumbai at 12.15 am. In addition to Economy and Business class, the airline offers Premium Economy class for travellers.
Vistara started its international service with flights to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai earlier this month. The airline will begin services to its third destination Bangkok, Thailand, from August 27, 2019. Vistara is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51% in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49%.