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India's newest airline made its maiden flight

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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India's newest airline made its maiden flight on Friday. The new airline is 49-percent owned by deep-pocketed Singapore airlines and Mumbai-based Tata conglomerate controls the other 51 percent.

New airline Vistara -- a Sanskrit word meaning "limitless expanse" -- took off from New Delhi for financial hub Mumbai, offering flyers premium services including a string of special meal options.

India's aviation market is expected to be the third-largest globally within a decade. But the sector is currently plagued by losses stemming from hefty operating costs and bruising fare wars that has left at least one no-frills carrier, SpiceJet, struggling.

Vistara's premium economy fares for short flights from the capital to Mumbai start at 12,000 rupees ($190).

Vistara is now launching flights from Delhi to Ahmedabad.

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