TAMIL NADU

Singapore: Fly now, pay later

CHENNAI, DEC. 6. Air India is set to encourage more joint venture promotional schemes to popularise destinations.

The airline has launched a scheme to promote Singapore as a tourist destination along with Indian Bank and Singapore Tourism Board. The scheme offers three attractive loan options under a novel "Fly now pay later" scheme.

P. S. Rajgopal, the airline's commercial manager-Tamil Nadu, said the carrier chose Indian Bank because of its large presence in southern Tamil Nadu. The loan can be repaid in equated monthly instalments at 130 branches of bank in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Rajgopal said two return complimentary tickets between Chennai and Singapore would be given to two bank employees from any branch that topped in the promotional offer, which coincides with 50 years of flight operations from Chennai.

Unveiling a plaque to mark the official launch of the scheme here today, the Indian Bank chairman, M. B. N. Rao, said while he would encourage the bank employees to travel to Singapore under this affordable package tour, he would consider sending the "bank's better performers" to Singapore at the bank's cost.

J. V. J. Subramaniam, the airliner's deputy manager-sales promotion and P. Sainath, passenger sales manager-Tamil Nadu, said the three offers were in line with the Singapore Tourism Board's initiative to dispel the misconception that travelling to Singapore was expensive.

Valid between December 1 and March 31next year, the offer is available on all AI flights on the Chennai-Singapore-Chennai sector. The first offer provides return airfare alone while the second and third scheme offer budget accommodation and luxury hotel accommodation on a twin-sharing basis along with a sightseeing tour and complimentary lunch.

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