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 Post subject: Re: Air Costa services - Vijayawada as hub
PostPosted: September 13th, 2013, 11:08 am 
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Aircosta conducted trail run from Vijayawada airport yesterday. It is likely to commence its operation by end of this month.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Costa services - Vijayawada as hub
PostPosted: September 20th, 2013, 12:52 pm 
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Air Costa secured final approvals from DGCA to start scheduled flight operations. Air Costa will operate from Vijayawada as a hub. The company stated in a press release that it would start operations with two E-170 and an equal number of E-190 Embraer E-Jets. Initially, the airlines would connect to Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. Thereafter, it would spread its wings to other cities like Pune, Goa, Madurai, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam.

This is a new beginning for Vijayawada in aviation. So far Spicejet, Jetairways and AirIndia connects this city to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi with ATR-72, Bombardier, embraer, Boeing and Airbus jets.


Air Costa may start ops next month

On a day Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines struck a deal to enter into aviation sector, an Indian airline Air Costa announced that it is likely to start operations next month.

Claimed to be the country’s first regional airline, Air Costa said it has received the clearance from regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday clearing the way to start its scheduled flight operations.

The airline is promoted by Vijayawada-based LEPL. Ramesh Lingamaneni, Managing Director of LEPL, said, “it is a proud moment and major milestone.

“We are confident that Air Costa would redefine travel experience to tier II and III cities in India and we invite all for a 'happy flying' experience with us,” he said.

The airline will start its operations with two E-170 and two E-190 Embraer E-Jets, having twin-class cabin configuration with its own version of comfort and class and competitive fares to provide a happy flying experience.

Air Costa is expected to launch flight operations in the month of October and will start sale of tickets soon, Captain K N Babu, CEO of Air Costa, said.

Initially, the airline will connect Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

It also has plans to start service to cities like Pune, Goa, Madurai, Trivandrum and Vizakhapattinam.

LEPL is a conglomerate headquartered at Vijayawada having presence in urban infrastructure, aviation, renewable energy, hospitality, education and entertainment.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Costa services - Vijayawada as hub
PostPosted: October 9th, 2013, 4:19 pm 
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Air Costa, the first regional airline from Andhra Pradesh, has unveiled plans to invest $100 million (aboutRs 618 crore) over the next two years and about $500 million (Rs 3,092 crore) over 15 years.

The group chairman Ramesh Lingamaneni said Air Costa will commence operations from October 14 with two aircraft. The airline has taken delivery of two E-170 jets and will add two more E-190 jets in November. In all, Air Costa plans to have 10 E-190 jets by end of 2014, and take the total fleet size to 25 by 2018 in phases."We are adopting an operational strategy wherein we would be focussing mostly on under-served and lesser-competitive routes," said Ramesh.

The group director-finance CT Chowdary said while the initial investment of $100 million will come from promoters and their friends, the airline plans to avail credit from the suppliers in the second phase of investment involving a further $400 million.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Costa services - Vijayawada as hub
PostPosted: October 14th, 2013, 10:02 am 
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Air Costa started its flight services on 14th Oct 2013. The inaugural flight was flagged off by CM Kiran Kumar Reddy from Shamshabad Airport, Hyderabad. This flight flew from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Regular flight services started from 15th Oct 2013 between Vijayawada -> Bangalore -> Jaipur and Chennai -> Jaipur sectors. Air Costa is expected to receive two more E-190 jets by November which will be used for 3 more services from Vijayawada.


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