Full-service carrier Vistara will fly all the teams in charter flights to UAE to take part in the IPL (Indian Premier League) 2020 which is set to begin on September 19.
The airline has already flown Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab to the UAE, a Moneycontrol report said.
Vistara is doing a one-way charter for all teams, the report quoted a source as saying.
SpiceJet and IndiGo were also reportedly vying for the deal to fly IPL teams to the UAE for the IPL. However, it’s said that the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) mandated business class for a few of the players and support staff, and therefore the Tata Group-owned Vistara was chosen.
Vistara is a venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.
However, it’s yet to be ascertained if the airline are going to be used to charter the team back home after the tournament.
The 13 edition of the IPL, which was postponed from March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be played across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah from September 19. The inaugural match are going to be played between Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Mumbai Indians. the final is scheduled to be played on November 10.
The IPL also features a new title sponsor after fantasy sports platform Dream11 won the bid when smartphone manufacturer Vivo pulled out of sponsoring the event this year following Indian-China border clashes and the boycott on Chinese products.
(With Inputs From MoneyControl)