Sanjay Arya CEO of Air Odisha is planning to get five Beechcraft aircraft, besides considering the induction of spare and maintenance parts. " We have almost finalised the deal for aircraft and lessor," he said without sharing any further details.
The government had, in March, stipulated the five airlines to begin operations by the end of September. Failure to start operations would result in the withdrawal of the license altogether.
Alliance Air, the regional arm of Air India, SpiceJet and TruJet were the other airlines that won the right to operate flights under the RCS scheme. While Alliance has started flights to Shimla, Bhatinda, Pant Nagar and Gwalior from Delhi, SpiceJet has started operating on the Mumbai-Porbandar and Mumbai-Kandla routes under the scheme. Similarly, TruJet has started operations on the Hyderabad-Nanded and Hyderabad-Kadapa routes under the scheme.
The UDAN scheme seeks to make flights affordable for people from tier-II and tier-III cities by offering tickets at a rate of Rs 2,500 per seat per hour. Airlines operating under the UDAN scheme have to ensure that the prices of at least 50 per cent of the seats on their flights are available at a price of Rs 2,500 each for an hour of flying. The Centre and state will provide viability gap funding for the airlines operating on the UDAN routes to ensure profitability of these flights.