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Plans for Birmingham Airport to India flights as Hans Airways prepares for take-off

An airbus has arrived at Birmingham Airport ahead of the anticipated launch of four new weekly flights to India. Hans Airways hopes to launch its first UK flight between BHX and Amritsar in North India next month.

But first, it must complete a route-proving flight and secure the seal of approval of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The start-up airline celebrated the arrival of its first Airbus A330-200 into the city last week, ready for the all-important test flight which is expected to go ahead at the end of the month.

According to the carrier's website, Hans Airways intends to combine the 'value for money approach' adopted by low-cost airlines, with the quality of service expected from traditional long-haul providers. Officially founded in the UK in October 2019, bosses have been in 'extensive discussions' with the CAA for the last two years.

Once it receives its air operator certificate, as well as similar accreditation from India’s DGCA, the airline says it will be ready for flights to take off as early as September. The company has already recruited and trained a full crew of pilots and cabin crew who are now on standby.

Hans CEO Satnam Saini said: "Our first widebody airbus arriving into the UK is a big and significant milestone on Hans Airways’ journey to launch. These past 12 months we are very pleased to have added a wealth of competence and experience to our leadership and management team and recruited and trained up a full complement of exceptional pilots and cabin crew who will be ready to fly as soon as the airline’s AOC is awarded."

Once flights are given the green light to run, Hans bosses say they intend to focus initially on secondary routes between the UK and India, but added that other markets feature in the long-term plan. The aircraft will be configured with two classes - economy plus and economy classes - and feature an inflight entertainment system. A frequent flyer programme will give passengers the usual benefits of being a loyal member, while also offering customers the opportunity to donate to children's educational charities.

11/08/22 Emily Collis/Birmingham Mail

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