New Delhi: No-frill carrier GoAir plans to induct five more aircraft by March-end and expand its operations to South and Northeast India.
The airline, owned by the Wadia family, is also focusing on its frequent flyer programme with a host of initiatives, including intensification of its operations on routes mostly in demand, according to Edgardo Badiali, CEO GoAir.
“We are evaluating different possibilities of expanding operations in the South and Northeast. It will depend on the strength of the market, the available infrastructure, space and costs,” he said when asked whether they planned to establish a hub in any southern or northeastern states.
Asked about reports that the Wadia family wanted to sell a stake in the company, Badiali said “the decision will be that of the family... there is a lot of interest from investors from different fields.”
Regarding plans to establish operational hubs in different parts of the country, he mentioned the major metros of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata, but said the decision-making process was still in the evaluation stage.
On fleet expansion plans, he informed that they would be adding five aircraft by the end of this fiscal to take up their fleet to 11 aircraft. Induction plan include having a 31-aircraft fleet by 2012 which means adding five to six aircraft each year starting 2009, uptil 2012.
The entire fleet of GoAir comprises Airbus Industrie’s most-sought after A-320 aircraft in an entire economy-class configuration.
With the expanding fleet, the airline wants to be first to consolidate its position on the existing routes and then add more destinations to its network, its CEO said. GoAir currently flies to 11 destinations.