Ma­han Air eyes Mum­bai, Hyd run­way

Ma­han Air com­pletes 15 years in In­dia and is look­ing at ex­pan­sion with in­creased fre­quen­cies to Delhi and new con­nec­tions to Mum­bai and Hy­der­abad.

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Ma­han Air cel­e­brated 15 years of its op­er­a­tions at a grand cer­e­mony at Le Meri­dien, New Delhi, which saw the travel trade from the cap­i­tal in full at­ten­dance. Speak­ing on the side­lines of the event, Harvin­der

S Dug­gal, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mi­nar Group, GSA for Ma­han Air, said, “We have been the GSA of Ma­han Air ever since it started fly­ing to In­dia. It’s a plea­sure to see how we launched the air­line with one flight a week to Delhi, and now it has grown to three flights a week. Now, we are con­nect­ing to Europe and we are see­ing good growth in the com­ing 6-7 months. The ser­vices are well ac­cepted by the In­dian mar­ket, which is a good thing. The air­craft is wide­bod­ied and the air­lines has con­ve­nient tim­ings. Tehran air­port is counted as one of the good air­ports around the world and we are try­ing to add more flights in more cities in the next one year in In­dia. Our plan is to fly to Mum­bai and Hy­der­abad in the com­ing year.”

Present at the oc­ca­sion was Fariba Bay­ati, Re­gional Di­rec­tor, Far­east and In­dia, Ma­han Air. She claimed that In­dia is one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion amongst Ira­ni­ans. “After start­ing Delhi we have had plenty of sea­sonal flights (mostly win­ter) to des­ti­na­tions like Goa and Kochi be­cause these places are very pop­u­lar as leisure

des­ti­na­tions for Ira­ni­ans. In the last 15 years, we have al­ways been on a growth track and we are also look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing our pres­ence in In­dia. There are 2-3 more des­ti­na­tions, which are be­ing stud­ied by our team, and we are wait­ing for bi­lat­er­als to be es­tab­lished on that. For in­stance, we are look­ing at per­mis­sions for both Delhi and even Mum­bai,” she added.

Mehdi Shiri, Coun­try Man­ager-In­dia, Ma­han Air, claimed that while they are look­ing to ex­pand in In­dia, they are si­mul­ta­ne­ously strength­en­ing their con­nec­tions into Europe, of­fer­ing In­di­ans great tran­sit op­tions via Tehran. “We are in­creas­ing con­nec­tions via Tehran to Europe, in­clud­ing Mu­nich, Dus­sel­dorf, Barcelona, Mi­lan as well as Tur­key, Moscow, Baku and some re­li­gious

cities in Iraq. We have three flights a week from Delhi and the PLF is around 1000 seats in a week,” he shared.

Ex­pect­ing a good growth in the fu­ture, Dug­gal said, “The cur­rent load fac­tor on Ma­han Air from In­dia is more than 70 per cent. We have to dou­ble the pas­sen­ger load in the next one year. Thus, we aim to reach 100,000 pas­sen­gers from In­dia in the next year. We

are adopt­ing var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to get to this tar­get. Since Ma­han Air was not on any GDS, we launched a por­tal to make the sales avail­able through­out In­dia. We have sales of­fices in Delhi, Ja­land­har, Mum­bai and Kolkata. For B2C, our on­line plat­form is work­ing and we keep up­dat­ing it. We are also in touch with the pas­sen­gers through so­cial me­dia. Thus, there is good aware­ness about the prod­uct.”

Harvin­der S Dug­gal Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mi­nar Group GSA for Ma­han Air

Fariba Bay­ati

Re­gional Di­rec­tor Far­east and In­dia, Ma­han Air

Mehdi Shiri Coun­try Man­ager- In­dia Ma­han Air

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