Mumbai: Air Deccan and Kingfisher would set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Bangalore, Air Deccan Managing Director GR Gopinath said here.
“Besides Air Deccan and Kingfisher aircraft, the MRO facility would take care of third-party maintenance work for the rest of the world,” Gopinath said on Sunday night at the renaming function of Air Deccan which is now called, Simplifly Deccan.
In the next 5-10 years, there would be at least 500 aircraft and 1,000 helicopters flying in India, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said. Patel was the chief guest for the function.
“A whole array of aviation work is going to be created in India with aviation creating more than three million jobs,” he said.
UB Group Chairman and promoter of Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya said low-fares of Simplifly Deccan would continue. Vijay Mallya owns 46% in Deccan and is committed to keeping Deccan a low-fare airline.
Next year, when Deccan completes five years of Indian operations, it would start flying to Gulf countries. Deccan would fly to neighbouring countries and riding on its back, Kingfisher would fly to long-haul routes such as the U.S.
“We are eligible to fly abroad next year. Deccan will service neighbouring countries. Kingfisher would service long-haul routes flying non-stop to India and the U.S West Coast,” Mallya said.