Vistara, a full-service Indian carrier, launched its daily service between Mumbai and Dubai on Wednesday.

Dubai is Vistara’s second international destination in its flight network.

A joint venture of the Tata group and Singapore Airlines, Vistara claims to have become the only airline to offer the choice of a premium economy class for travel between India and the UAE in addition to offering business and economy classes.

A function was held at the Mumbai airport to mark this inaugural Vistara flight to Dubai. The flight was welcomed at Dubai at a special celebratory event organised by the Dubai Airports in the presence of Eugene Barry, executive vice-president, commercial, Dubai Airports.

Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer, Leslie Thng said, “We’re very excited to start our service to Dubai, a city that is home to millions of Indians and a place of business for many Indian corporations. Dubai is also the most preferred holiday destination for many people.

“Now Dubai is also connected by India’s best airline 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.”

Vistara celebrated the occasion with all the passengers on the inaugural flight. The airline inaugurated its international operations earlier this month with daily flights to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai. It is now poised to begin flying to the third international destination in its network, Bangkok, Thailand, from 27 August.

The airline now connects 27 destinations, operates over 1200 flights a week served by a fleet of 23 Airbus A320 and seven Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. It has flown more than 16 million customers since starting its operations in 2015. Vistara had commenced its commercial operations on 9 January 2015.