According to news report, the new minister for civil aviation has given no-objection certificates to Air One Aviation, Zexus Air and Premier Air to become national airlines; and Turbo Megha, Air Carnival and Zav Airways to start regional operations, reported Firstbiz, Firstpost. These airlines had applied for a non-objection between 2012 and 2013. NOCs will offer much respite.
The aviation has been buzzing with price wars among the existing players. After the grounding of Kingfisher, the sector had witnessed some gloom.
These airlines now need to seek a license from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) if they intend to begin operations.
With Air Asia claiming to launch low priced tickets, the sector has suddenly come to life. This is how these airlines look like, as described by Sachin Karpe.
Air One Aviation: This has been promoted by Alok Sharma, pr3esident of Air Sahara. His airline currently offers charter services to domestic and international destinations. It holds an operating permit for charter operations and as per the airline website, it was to have 10 aircrafts by the by the end of 2013 of which three are helicopters. This airline operates out of cities such as Delhi, Mumbai ad Lucknow. Alok Sharma is also an ex Sahara airline head which later got acquired by Jet Airways.
Zexus Air: Delhi based airline is not much heard about. It has applied for a operator certificate with DGCA to add 4 Embraer jets to its existing fleet.
Premier Air: Reportedly promoted by non-resident Indian Umapathy Pinaghapani, the airline is based out of Bangalore. It is funded by US-based NRIs to connect Chennai with other metros and other major cities in south India.
And these are the three airlines cleared for regional services:
Turbo Megha: Headquartered in Hyderabad, the charter airline service was set up in 2003. It has two active partners Ram Charan Tej Konidala and Vankayalapati Umesh. It initially provided ground handling services to airlines before diversifying into charter operations. It mostly operates from Hyderabad.
Air Carnival: Started in 2013 by SI Nathan, the company at present offers charter services based out of Delhi.
Zav Air: This Company offers services through a fleet of twin engines helicopters. Headquartered in Kolkata, it primarily caters to the northeastern states and is expected to continue operations in the region, Sachin Karpe says.
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