19/12/2014 3:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Tata-Singapore Airlines' Vistara To Fly From Jan 9

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Logo of new airline 'Vistara' - Sanskrit word denoting limitless expanse - on display at a press conference in New Delhi on August 11, 2014. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, which partnered to launch a full-service airline in the country, will launch services in October 2014. AFP PHOTO/Chandan KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)

Singapore Airlines Ltd's Indian joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, Vistara, will start flying from Jan. 9, the airlines said.

Based in New Delhi, the full service Vistara will begin operations with a fleet of new Airbus A320-200s with 148 seats, Tata SIA Airlines Ltd said in a statement late on Thursday.

Vistara will offer flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad initially, it said.

The announcement comes in the middle of a particularly testing week for the airlines industry in India, with budget carrier SpiceJet struggling for survival.

The Tata Group and Singapore Airlines announced the plan to launch Vistara on Sept. 19, adding a deep-pocketed player to a fast-growing but competitive Indian aviation sector where most operators lose money.

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