Friday, July 17, 2015

TruJet takes wing, promises affordable fare


The budget airline has chalked out an investment budget of Rs.500 crore for next five years

TruJet, country’s newest budget airline, has taken to the skies with a promise to offer affordable fare comprising in-flight food on its route network that will focus mostly Tier-2 cities in south India. It is also planning to offer transport services to/from airport to make its air travel attractive.
The maiden flight of the Hyderabad-based regional carrier took off from Hyderabad to Tirupati on Sunday.
TruJet, owned by Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd., has offered a basic fare of Rs.1499 for Chennai-Rajahmundry route till July 25. It offers discounts for senior citizens (above 60 years) and students. It will also add Aurangabad, the nearest airport to the religious centre Shirdi, to its network from July 26. The airfare may also include transport services for its passengers from Aurangabad airport to Shirdi.
TruJet also plans to launch Chennai-Tuticorin and Chennai-Salem operations in the next couple of months.
Turbo Megha Airways has been promoted by Vankayalapati Umesh (who has 22 per cent stake), Telugu actor Ram Sharan (26 per cent) and their group of friends. The airline will be operating 72-seater ATR aircraft. It has taken two such flights on lease, and will add one more by next month. Also, two more aircraft are expected in January 2016.
Mr.Umesh, who claims civil aviation career spanning 25 years, pointed out that his experience in ground handling operations for other airlines as also in managing cost would come in handy to run the new airline efficiently.

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