Vistara’s first flight between Mumbai and Dubai is scheduled to touch down at DXB on Wednesday evening.
The daily service is being served be a three-class A320neo, making it the first carrier to offer premium economy between India and the UAE (alongside business and economy classes).
Flights depart Mumbai 1625 and arrive 1815 UAE time (UK201) and the return flight, UK202, departs Dubai International Aiport Terminal 1 at 1915 and arrives 0015 in Mumbai. Introductory round-trip prices are AED765/INR17,820 in economy, AED1,085/24,900 in premium economy and AED2,315/INR37,465 in business class.
It will face stern competition from Emirates, which serves Mumbai five flights daily on larger, widebody planes (B777s/A380s).
Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, is a full-service carrier with 50 A320neos on order, though in a sign of its growing international aspirations, Singapore flights started this month from Delhi and Mumbai, on B737-800NGs, and it has six B787-9 Dreamliners due to be delivered between 2019 and 2023.