Indian carrier Vistara has revealed that its first international service will be to a regional destination.
Vistara's chief executive officer Leslie Thng made the comment during a televised interview on CNBC TV-18.
"Given the aircraft that we have, we are looking at the range that the aircraft can fly, [Vistara's first international destination] is likely to be regional short-haul that we will be starting with our international operations," he said.
Singapore Airlines, which is a 49% stakeholder in Vistara, has indicated previously that the all-Airbus A320 carrier plans to launch international operations in the second half of 2018.
It is due to receive its 20th aircraft by the end of March, while two more are expected to be delivered mid-year.
Vistara has brought forward aircraft deliveries by three months in a bid to launch its international operations earlier.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Vistara currently has 13 A320ceos and four A320neos in its fleet, and the remaining three aircraft will be neo variants.
In addition, Thng says that Vistara, along with the rest of India's civil aviation industry is calling on New Delhi to reduce taxes on jet fuel as in its upcoming budget.
Source: Cirium Dashboard