The government’s new regional connectivity scheme will likely attract air charter companies and other non-scheduled operators to launch regional operations.
Now an airline has to scale its fleet up to 20 planes or deploy 20% of capacity on domestic operations, whichever is higher, to qualify for overseas flying.
Global aviation honchos welcome initiatives such as to increase regional connectivity, but want more proactive steps that will help unleash the full potential of the sector.
The initiative is applicable for flights across the Jet Airways domestic network and targetted at helping guests in reaching their destination ahead of schedule.
ET was the first to report online on March 17 that Fernandes had applied for the OCI status, amidst raging controversy of ownership issues at AirAsia India.
Jet Airways will operate around 640 weekly flights between India and 12 destinations in the Gulf, making it the largest operator connecting India to this region.
At present, a domestic airline has to complete 5 years of operations and has to have a fleet of 20 planes to fly international.
Low fare carrier Go Air plans from next calendar year to fly to neighbouring international regions and also operate charter services to Europe.
Nivaan, 23, is currently a manager in Jet's team that looks at airport services and commercial. He spent 12 years studying in London.
Jet is also looking to upgrade cabins on its four Airbus A330-200 planes, two executives from the airline and the plane maker said separately.
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