Tata SIA receives no-objection certificate

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India’s civil aviation ministry has issued Tata SIA Airlines its no objection certificate, taking it one step closer to launching later this year.

The airline will now move forward with an application to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for an air operator’s permit, a spokesman says.

Tata SIA is a joint venture between Indian conglomerate Tata group and Singapore Airlines.

The issue of the certificate comes only a few days after the airline received government approval for three directors – two from Tata and one from SIA – to take up board positions. The airline is also expected to soon announce the appointment of its chief financial and chief executive officers.

New Delhi based Tata SIA has already secured leases on 20 Airbus A320s, and says that it is on track to launch services in July.