FLY91: Revolutionizing Regional Air Travel in India

FLY91: India’s Newest Regional Airline - A symbolic representation of FLY91's commitment to revolutionize regional air travel in India
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India celebrated the inauguration of FLY91, a new regional airline, on March 14, 2024. Spearheaded by aviation stalwart Manoj Chacko and virtually flagged off by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, FLY91 embarked on its maiden journey from Goa’s Mopa airport to Agatti in Lakshadweep.

Fleet and Expansion Strategies

FLY91, headquartered in Goa, initially operates a single 72-seater ATR-72 aircraft, with plans to expand its fleet with three additional aircraft by June. This expansion drive is steered by Manoj Chacko, the MD & CEO, renowned for his contributions to Emirates Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines.

Commercial Endeavors

Following its inaugural flight, FLY91 unveiled its commercial services scheduled to commence from March 18, 2024. The airline’s maiden routes will connect Goa to Bengaluru and Hyderabad, addressing the escalating demand for regional connectivity.

Government Backing and Regional Integration

During the virtual inauguration, Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia reiterated the government’s pledge to foster regional connectivity through the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme. He underscored projections indicating a surge in domestic air traffic, affirming the sector’s growth potential.

Pioneering Accessible Air Travel

FLY91’s launch epitomizes a concerted effort to democratize air travel. Manoj Chacko, equipped with a wealth of experience garnered from Emirates Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, and other renowned entities, champions the cause of accessible aviation.

Regulatory Compliance and Route Network

FLY91 secured its Air Operator Permit (AOP) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), enabling operations under the UDAN and Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). The airline, having successfully completed requisite test flights, will link Sindhudurg, Jalgaon, Nanded in Maharashtra, and Agatti in Lakshadweep under the regional connectivity umbrella.

The advent of FLY91 heralds a transformative chapter in India’s aviation narrative, particularly in bolstering regional connectivity.

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