Thursday, October 19, 2006

IA to launch low cost carriers

New Delhi: Indian Airlines in its new avatar, has decided to take the competition unleashed by the new low cost carriers head on.
With its present market share down to 24.2 per cent, IA needs to fight back, and soon. Thus it too will soon start a low frills carrier service on regional routes, with flights of durations less than 90 minutes, using smaller aircrafts like Canadian Regional Jets (CRJs), Bombardiers and ATR Turboprops.
It will be operated by its subsidiary Alliance Air and will operate on routes like Delhi- Chandigarh, Mumbai -Pune, Delhi - Jaipur, Mangalore-Bangalore etc.
The company intends to induct the aircrafts required - new six regional jets, and an equal number of ATR Turboprops over the next two months. Regional jets and Turboprops normally have a seat capacity of between 50 to 70 passengers.
18/10/06 Arun Kumar and Gaurav Choudhury/Hindustan Times
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