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Luxury Airline Being Eyed For India

Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:58 am

Interesting article about a possible future Sky Palace or Palace in the Sky airline for India!

NEW DELHI, India (eTurboNews) -
Even as the concept of low-cost airline is yet to bloom in a big away, an Indian royal has indicated about plans to launch an airline for wealthy people.

“An Indian royal is banking on his heritage to fill seats in his latest venture -- a luxury domestic airline that will even have a separate cabin for servants. Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar is still deciding whether to call his new venture Sky Palace or Palace in the Sky. But if all goes according to plan, his airline will in late 2006 or 2007 start flying wealthy Indians between the country's cities,” said an AP report.

Wodeyar said that the objective of the airline would be target a flyer, who drives a Mercedes. Other than the main travelers, seats would be reserved for maids/servants as well.

“Wodeyar is hoping his name will lend the airline an aristocratic air that will help it fill a niche in India's expanding air travel market, which for decades was largely dominated by state-owned airlines. Wodeyar is hoping to cash in on that growth. But his airline will be anything but budget,” said the report.

“The bulk of the seats will essentially be what other airlines sell as first class -- seats will be 54 inches (137 centimeters) wide, about triple the standard 18-inch (46-centimeter) economy seat, he said, adding that fares will be competitive for their class. There will, however, be an economy cabin of between eight and 15 seats "for servants," Wodeyar said.

The startup cost is expected to be around US$100 million.

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