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Vistara plans overseas flights to tap rising global travel from India

The Tata-Singapore Air venture to start with short-haul international destinations

NEW DELHI (NewsRise) -- Vistara, the Indian full-service carrier co-owned by Singapore Airlines, plans to start international flights later this year, seeking to capitalize on the rising demand for overseas travel from Asia's third-largest economy. Vistara will initially operate flights to short-haul destinations using narrowbody Airbus A320 jetliners, Chief Executive Officer Leslie Thng said in an interview. The service would be eventually expanded to cover medium-haul and long-haul routes, he said.

"Our plan is to start international operations in the second half of this year with our existing fleet of Airbus A320s and fly to destinations within the aircraft's range," he said.

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