India’s regional carrier TruJet, which has bagged 18 routes under the UDAN scheme, aims to raise its fleet size to up to eight aircraft by March 2018. It will also look at increasing the number of flights to nearly 50 per day by this year end.
Promoted by Turbo Megha Airways, the Hyderabad-based airline currently operates 31 flights, including four under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, to eight destinations with a fleet of five ATR planes.
UDAN is a regional air connectivity scheme (RCS) which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting unserved and under-served airports. “We currently have five aircraft in our fleet but only four of them are in operations. We are going to have some 7-8 planes in the fleet by this financial year,” V Umesh, Founder & MD Turbo Megha Airways.
Umesh said TruJet was expecting to operate close to 50 flights per day by December, adding, “We are looking to launch all 18 routes under the regional connectivity scheme by the end of next month.” The airline has already commenced services on Hyderabad-Kadapa, Hyderabad-Nanded and Nanded-Mumbai routes under the scheme.
The airline is not looking to add flights or any new destination in the forthcoming winter season other than what is in the current schedule, which has taken into account the flights to be launched by September on the RCS routes, he added. The winter schedule of the airlines in India begins from October-end and goes up to March-end. In the first round of bidding under the RCS, TruJet was one of the five operators who have been awarded 128 routes.