New Air­line Zoom to Take Off on Feb 15

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New Delhi: The govern­ment's re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity push seems to have fi­nally struck the right note, with Zoom Air, In­dia’s new­est air­line, launch­ing its in­au­gu­ral flight on the Delhi-Dur­ga­pur route on Sun­day morn­ing. The move makes Zoom Air the tenth na­tional car­rier in the coun­try.

The air­line, which will start daily sched­uled op­er­a­tions on the Delhi-Kolkata-Dur­ga­pur sec­tor from Fe­bru­ary 15, is mar­ket­ing it­self as a pre­mium com­muter air­line with on-board snacks and bev­er­age ser­vice. The air­line has started op­er­a­tions with a Bom­bardier CRJ 200 air­craft and will get the sec­ond air­craft on Fe­bru­ary 26. “As of now, we do not plan to ex­ceed the five air­craft num­ber. We are also not plan­ning to com­pete with es­tab­lished play­ers by con­nect­ing tier1c­ities. Even if we con­nect two tier 1 cities like Delhi and Mum­bai, it will be via Su­rat,” Kous­tav M Dhar, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Zoom Air, told ET. “We are go­ing to be In­dia's first na­tional car­rier with a re­gional fleet,” he said. He added that the sec­ond and third air­craft will be used to con­nect des­ti­na­tions such as Am­rit­sar, Su­rat and Mum­bai and Ja­balpur, Kolkata, Shil­long and Aizwal.

Dhar also stated that they are in talks with air­lines for code­share flights. “A code­share ar­range­ment gives us surety of pas­sen­gers. We are in talks with four in­ter­na­tional and two do­mes­tic air­line op­er­a­tors to op­er­ate code­share flights for them. I can­not name them now be­cause I am not al­lowed to,” Dhar said.

The air­line will start daily flights from Delhi to Dur­ga­pur via Kolkata

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