New Delhi: Delhi-based Jagson Airlines is talking to aircraft manufacturers like Embraer, Bombardier and ATR for purchasing airplanes to expand its fleet four-fold over the next 18 months.
The airline, which currently has operations mainly in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, is also planning to start services to Ahmedabad, Surat and Jammu from Delhi.
“We are talking to Embraer, Bombardier and ATR for the airplanes. We are negotiating for the earliest delivery of two aircraft out of the 10 we want to buy in the next 18 months,” Jagson Airlines Chairman Jagdish Gupta told PTI.
The airlines plans to induct aircraft with 50-80 seat capacity. The delivery of the airplanes would be taken on a lease-cum-purchase basis. The company has three airplanes at present.
“We will invest $20 million in the next few months, mainly for taking aircraft delivery,” Gupta said.
With the induction of the aircraft, Jagson would also start services to destinations like Ahmedabad and Surat. “We will start services to these cities as soon as we take delivery,” he said. The fare to these destinations will be lower than what is charged by full-service carriers but higher than low-cost fare, he added.
However, Gupta ruled out plans of having nation-wide services at the moment.
Apart from the three fixed-wing planes, Jagson also has two helicopters. Jagson Airlines was the first private airlines in the country to operate scheduled flight on a regular basis.
The company also offers air charter services.