Monday, November 27, 2017

Aircraft manufacturers expect UDAN to trigger demand for small planes

New Delhi/Mumbai: The aviation world sees large opportunity in the Modi government’s regional connectivity programme, which aims to provide air connectivity to unconnected or underconnected areas of the country.

The scheme — called Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) — seeks to provide flights to such areas at a subsidised fare of Rs 2,500 for an hour of flight.

Aircraft manufacturers expect UDAN to drive more people to travel by air and trigger increased demand for their planes. Embraer said the Brazilian aircraft maker would soon add new operators in India.

“I expect very soon we can see announcement by operators, who will announce plans with our 50-seaters planes in India. The new Embraer operators would be a mix of existing and new operators. We are very bullish about India and its regional connectivity scheme,” said Cesar Pereira, vice president (Asia Pacific) at Embraer Commercial Aviation.
26/11/17 Mihir Mishra, Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times