New Delhi: The Gurgaon-based MDLR Airlines — India’s first all vegetarian carrier — has started its commercial operations, with flights on the Delhi-Chandigarh route on a 70-seater Avro RJ aircraft, at a ticket price of Rs1,000.
The carrier plans to extend its sevices to Ranchi and Kolkata in the next 15-20 days and later to Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur and Bhavnagar.
Gopal Goyal, chairman, MDLR Airlines said: “We have for the first time introduced to the people of India the luxurious four engine Avro RJ 70 jets with elaborate all-vegetarian cuisine.”
A company official,speaking on conditions of anonymity, said that the airline typically caters to the religious tourist and that the services would soon be extended to places of pilgrimage.
Starting as a low cost carrier, MDLR Airline is building up its check-in counters, offices in all its destinations and plans to make Chandigarh as one of the large regional jet hub after Delhi and Jaipur in north India.
”We are planning our launches at different non-metro capitals and are also in the process of introducing city lounge check-in facility at Delhi, Gurgaon and Chandigarh,” added Goyal.
Goyal said the airline managed to get the most experienced professionals from the industry.
The new airline will compete with Indian, Alliance Airways, Air Sahara and Air Deccan that operate flights from Ranchi to Delhi and Kolkata besides Bhubaneshwar and Mumbai.
The airline is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the MDLR Group, which has business interests in infrastructure, shopping malls, multiplexes and luxury hotels.