Friday, February 17, 2017

Jotting: Congested Skies

In February 12, Gurgaon-based Zoom Air became the tenth scheduled carrier to join the bandwagon of India’s domestic aviation companies. It is launching daily operations on the Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi sector. Zoom Air will add on a flight to Amritsar in the afternoon, followed by a Delhi-Surat-Bhavnagar-Delhi evening service.

Sounds ambitious? Not really! Koustav M. Dhar, CEO and director of Zoom Air, is confident of his business plan. “We will fill the gap of sectors, which are less catered to by other scheduled airlines,” says he. Others in the list include Air India, Air India Express, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Indigo, Spicejet, GoAir, Vistara and Air Asia-India.

Zoom Air (licenced as Zexus Air Services) now has three CRJ-200LR aircraft under dry lease (an arrangement covering hiring of an aircraft without a flight crew) from CRJ Aircraft Leasing, Dublin. Two of the aircraft on dry lease have been imported. Zoom Air has also acquired two similar CRJ-200LR aircraft from Skyone Aircraft leasing, UAE, under dry lease that will join its fleet by April 2017. The new acquisitions will fulfil the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) condition that airlines acquire a fleet of at least five aircraft within a year.

For the record, between them, the scheduled operators have carried around 100 million passengers in the 2016 calendar year, growing at a pace of 20 per cent and more each month.
17/02/17 Ashish Sinha/Business World