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Easy Air to start operations by year-end

Our Bureaus New Delhi/Chennai | Updated on January 24, 2018

Easy Air, a new low-cost national airline, will take to the skies later this year. Promoted by Premier Airways Ltd, the airline will start operations with leased Airbus 320 aircraft during the winter season.

Being a national airline, Easy Air will be in a position to launch services throughout the country as opposed to a regional airline which is allowed to operate flights only in one of the four regions for which it has been given licence.

Umapathy Pinaghapani, Chairman and Managing Director, Premier Airways, declined to speak to BusinessLine on the plans for the start-up airline saying that he was not giving any media interviews yet.

The airline is expected to sign a deal soon with European aircraft manufacturer Airbus to acquire 40 320 New Engine Option aircraft, sources said. Easy Air is one of the first licences to be issued for a new national airline during the tenure of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

The decision to launch a new national airline comes at a time when the domestic aviation market has seen an increase in passenger traffic. In May, there was an increase of close to 29 per cent in the number of passengers flown by domestic airline compared to the same period the previous year.

Easy Air will be in the Indian skies by October, according to its Facebook page.

The company has already advertised to recruit cabin crew, voice and accent trainers, in-flight service instructors and DGCA approved safety and emergency procedure instructors.

When contacted, an official at the Premier Airways office in Chennai declined to give details.

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Published on June 18, 2015
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