Sunday, November 26, 2017

Embraer to name its Indian operator soon

Dubai:   The Brazilian small aircraft manufacturer Embraer expects to make an announcement for a new operator of its aircraft in the Indian market soon.

“(The name of the operator is) still undisclosed but very soon we should be able to announce the new operators of the 50-seater aircraft in India. Some of them (airlines ordering Embraer aircraft) are existing, some of them could be new players,” Cesar Pereira, Vice-President, Asia Pacific, Embraer Commercial Aviation, told BusinessLine on the sidelines of the recently-concluded Dubai air show.

Pointing out that the regional air connectivity scheme of the government is important for the development of regional aviation in the country, Pereira felt that this will create “great opportunity” for Embraer as it makes 70- to 130-seater aircraft which could be used in regional markets to connect to small cities. Earlier this month, IndiGo took delivery of an ATR 72-600 aircraft, the first of the 50 such planes that it plans to induct to participate in the government’s regional air connectivity scheme. The airline expects to induct seven ATR aircraft by March next year to expand its foot print in the UDAN scheme. In October, IndiGo had announced plans to further strengthen its regional operations with over 90 flight connections including routes to and from Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Madurai and Nagpur.
26/11/17 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line

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