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Vistara: Tata-SIA JV airline brand name unveiled ; to start operations from October

PTI 11 Aug 2014, 20:56:39 PM IST
New Delhi: Tata-Singapore Airlines on Monday unveiled the brand name of their joint-venture airline, the Vistara. “Vistara draws inspiration from the Sanskrit word ‘vistaar', “ said Tata-SIA CEO Phee Teik Yeoh.
The airline will take on the likes of Jet Airways and Air India in the Indian aviation space. The airline's headquarters will be in Delhi and the operations are likely to commence in October 2014.
Vistara's logo has an eight cornered star at the centre.
Recently it was reported that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the upcoming Tata-SIA JV carrier to ensure that its operational staff is present at all regulatory meetings to avoid delay in launching operation. DGCA deputy director Ved Prakash wrote a letter to Yeoh after an internal report said that the upcoming airline's operational team did not come for some meetings.
Fearing that any delay in clearing an airline as prestigious as Tata-SIA may be criticized, DGCA took the unusual step of asking the JV partners to step on the gas. “You are advised to make available key post holders in India for interaction during the ongoing documents evaluation phase in order to complete the same. Non availability of key post holders may delay the certification process,” the DGCA letter to Phee Teik Yeoh said.
Confirming the receipt of this letter, a Tata SIA spokesperson said: “This is part of our ongoing engagement with the DGCA and we are complying with all their requirements.”