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.