September launch for Tata-SIA Airlines
New-Delhi based, Tata SIA Airlines is aiming to commence their full-service operations from 1 September 2014.
The airline has received its Air Operators Permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today. Within two weeks of applying for the permit, the regulator has called for public comments and objections on the proposed carrier’s application and has made public the proposed route plan and operations plan for the airline.
Under the Letter of Intent submitted to the DGCA, the airline will operate full-service flights from its New Delhi hub to Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jammu, Srinagar, Patna and Chandigarh with 87 weekly frequencies in its first year of operations.
In the second year of operations, the airline intends to operate 168 weekly flight with route additions to Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Varanasi, Jaipur, Guwahati and Kolkata. In the third year, the airline has proposed 252 weekly flights including destinations like Amritsar, Bagdogra and Indore, while the fourth year will see services being raised to 301 flights per week.
The airline will dry lease A320-200 for a period of six years and A320-200neo aircraft for 12 years from Dublin-based Wilmington Trust SP Services Limited. All airports on Tata SIA Airlines Limited’s planned route network have runways and handling equipment to cater to either of the aircraft.
Tata-SIA Airlines is a 51:49 ratio joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines.