Press Esc to close
Wednesday 03 September 2014
News updated at 1:59 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27°C
Min : 20°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Air Costa's commercial ops from Dasara

Oct 8, 2013, DHNS

The first ever regional airline Air Costa headquartered in Vijayawada in coastal Andhra Pradesh will begin commercial operations from October 14, top company officials said on Friday.

Air Costa will initially connect Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad and Jaipur and later spread its wings to Madurai, Visakhapatnam, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram and Mysore.

The airline is planning to invest over $100 million during the next two years.


Ramesh Lingamneni, managing director of LEPL, promoters of Air Costa, addressing reporters in Hyderabad on Tuesday said the airlines has received an air operator permit from the DGCA and will operate two Embraer-170 jets initially due to lack of hangar space at the Gannavaram Airport at Vijayawada. Two more E-190 jets will enter service by November this year.

“Our fleet is expected to rise to 25 aircrafts by 2018. Our aim is to provide air linkage to metros from two tier and three tier cities of the country, in the comfortable quieter cabin of a jet unlike a turboprop aircraft,” Ramesh said.

Air Costa has chosen Embraer E-Jets for their efficiency and reliability, Ramesh said. “Our plan is to link underserved markets in India with more direct flights,” Air Costa CEO Captain Babu said.

“The E170 and E190 jets are ideal both in size and range. We can add frequencies and routes without adding too much capacity, thus serving places with seasonal demand, as well as key secondary and tertiary business centres,” he said.

Air Costa will offer a flexi-fare system through the company website and round-the-clock call centre services. Tickets can also be booked through travel agents.

The regional airline is also planning to launch a mobile booking application shortly. The airline will have a dedicated engineering complex at the Gannavaram domestic airport for Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) operations.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
England's Steven Finn survives a run out attempt

England's Steven Finn survives a run out attempt

President Pranab Mukherjee at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on Tuesday. J & K Governor NN Vohra is...

President Pranab Mukherjee at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on Tuesday. J & K Governor NN Vohra is...

India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after bowling England's Eoin Morgan

India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after bowling England's Eoin Morgan

Shuttler PV Sindhu, bronze medalist at World Badminton Championship, speaking to the media with ...

Shuttler PV Sindhu, bronze medalist at World Badminton Championship, speaking to the media with ...

England's Chris Woakes, right, is run out for 10 runs...

England's Chris Woakes, right, is run out for 10 runs...

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, right, watches Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt bowl during a...

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, right, watches Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt bowl during a...

Dhoni And Jos Buttler at the fourth one-day international cricket match...

Dhoni And Jos Buttler at the fourth one-day international cricket match...

A devotee carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed into...

A devotee carries a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, to be immersed into...

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after scoring a century against England during the fourth One Day...

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates after scoring a century against England during the fourth One Day...

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh presents a bat signed by him to Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter Usain...

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh presents a bat signed by him to Olympic Gold Medalist sprinter Usain...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523