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Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:25 pm

a very interesting development

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NEW DELHI: An America-based entrepreneur is all set to join the burgeoning list of wannabe Indian aviators. But this former pilot-cum-hotelier plans to go a step further and float an international low-fare airline that would mark its debut with direct flights between US and India.......

Rahul Puranik backed by equity investors from America and UK has sought the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) nod to set up this new airline venture, christened Sapphire Airways. "It will be a venture with $100 million start-up equity capital.

The airline, he said, intends to use the Indo-US Open Sky arrangement to start direct flights between India and America within the next 15-18 months.

"It will be a full-service airline offering discount fare travel. We intend to launch the airline with a direct service from US to India, connecting at least four metros Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. In the next phase, our plan is to expand to Africa and Asia, to connect Nairobi, South Africa, Dubai and China," Puranik said.

The airline, which has appointed Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation to conduct its project feasibility, has shortlisted Boeing 777 and Airbus A340 as the preferred aircraft for its start-up fleet.

Times of India

very interesting developing. He beat Mallaya to it!! Maybe VM can invest in his venture.

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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:12 pm

With the A380 delayed VM might just do that  biggrin 
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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:10 pm

Sounds like another of those "paper airlines" - since O&D flights don't make too much sense until you have sufficient feed at both ends.

Reminds me of "bance air" from the UK. Let's see if either of these is able to start and make money!
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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:01 pm

Quoting Nimish (Reply 2):
Sounds like another of those "paper airlines" - since O&D flights don't make too much sense until you have sufficient feed at both ends.

makes sense! US is a mature market and starting a international without any domestic feed or tie-up should be difficult. Only scenario that would work is where US carriers are not interested in flying with their own metal.

Indigo is nowhere in sight, will watch this one too.

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Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:52 am

Just checked www.everestairways.com, an airline planning to offer service from US to India. No additional info since last year. Guess that is an pipe dream.

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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:17 am

Quoting VTNYC (Reply 4):
Just checked www.everestairways.com, an airline planning to offer service from US to India. No additional info since last year. Guess that is an pipe dream.

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= Routing seems TEXDRAVIDS wet dream ... and as unlikely  Smile. Cochin-Vienna-USA anyone?

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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:07 am

Quoting Nimish "Sounds like another of those "paper airlines" - since O&D flights don't make too much sense until you have sufficient feed at both ends."

O&D means origin and destination passengers. This means they are not connecting passengers. So why would they need to "build up their feeds" on both ends?
 
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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:46 am

Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 6):

O&D means origin and destination passengers. This means they are not connecting passengers. So why would they need to "build up their feeds" on both ends?

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Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:35 pm

ya, their business model would be like that of airlines of island/small countries like EK, SQ and CX. All of them cater to O&D besides fifth freedom. With one exception that they would need so some sort of arrangement with domestic carriers of India. At least to MAA.  Silly
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RE: US To India: New Low Cost Carrier

Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:02 pm

Quoting Aviator27 (Reply 6):
O&D means origin and destination passengers. This means they are not connecting passengers. So why would they need to "build up their feeds" on both ends?

I think I need to rephrase what I said earlier:

Quoting Nimish (Reply 2):
since O&D flights don't make too much sense until you have sufficient feed at both ends.

What I meant was that operating based on O&D alone (between any 2 city pairs) will mean that you have a greater chance of failure/less loads/yields. Once you have a service between 2 city pairs, it's important to tie up with "feed providers" at both ends, so your original "O&D service" can benefit from higher traffic/loads/yields. I know it sounds like a contradiction, but I guess what I'm saying is that for a small airliner trying to connect 2 massive countries, there's no such thing as O&D traffic only.
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