Air Costa obtains pan-India flying permit

Air Costa obtains pan-India flying permit
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Vijayawada-based regional carrier Air Costa on Friday said it has received a clearance from the civil aviation ministry for a pan-India flying permit and now plans to go national from the summers next year.

New Delhi : Vijayawada-based regional carrier Air Costa on Friday said it has received a clearance from the civil aviation ministry for a pan-India flying permit and now plans to go national from the summers next year.

The No Objection Certificate (NOC) will enable it to secure a national flying licence from aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). As of now, the airline operates on regional routes, mainly destinations across south India. "Pan-India operations shall commence from the summer schedule of 2016," Air Costa deputy chief executive officer Vivek Choudhary was quoted as saying in a release.

He said the airliner will be adding one 110-seater Embraer E-190 plane to its fleet this month, adding, it will be followed by one more such aircraft in February next year. The induction of these two planes would take total fleet size to five aircraft, Choudhary said. The airline had early last year placed a firm order for 50 jets with Embraer, the world's largest maker of regional aircraft, in a deal valued at USD 2.94 billion under a 20-year fleet-management plan.

Currently Air Costa offers 32 flights per day to nine destinations including Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Ahmedabad with a fleet of four Embraer (two E-170 and two) E-190) planes. Air Costa chairman Ramesh Lingamaneni said, "From operating two Embraer aircraft to five destinations with 300 employees, in a year's time, we have doubled ourselves to four aircraft serving nine destinations with close to 800 employees. This is a formidable step in the journey of Air Costa towards being a sustainable Airline in India."

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