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Luxury News | Airborne

Luxury News | Airborne
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First Published: Fri, Mar 28 2008. 12 27 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 28 2008. 12 27 AM IST
COMPANY
IndiGo
India’s youngest airline charters some of its commercial A320 planes.
Call 9910383838 or visit goindigo.in
INCENTIVES
The planes seat up to 188 people, and meals are specially catered.
BENEFITS
For large parties, such as a wedding, what better means of transport from one city to another? CEO Bruce Ashby says it’s ideal for 150 people going to Kolkata. A great way to get the party started.
NET WORTH
The cost for a one-way flight from Delhi to either Kolkata or Mumbai—the destinations the airline usually flies to—is around Rs8.5 lakh.
COMPANY
Club One Air
From July, India’s largest private plane company will start offering inexpensive charter flights in its newly acquired Eclipse 500 planes.
Call 022 26655811 or visit arairways.com
INCENTIVES
The Eclipse 500 seats three passengers. Food and beverage menus are yet to be finalized, but current Club One charters are catered by the Taj group of hotels.
BENEFITS
The plane can land and take off on airstrips as short as 2,200ft, which means almost every airstrip in India can accommodate it.
NET WORTH
The company won’t comment on prices. The plane itself is inexpensive (Rs8 crore, compared to Rs25 crore plus for most private jets). Charter Eclipse flights in the US cost around Rs1.4 lakh for a Delhi-Agra equivalent round trip.
COMPANY
Asian Aviation
For a mobile mid-air office or quick rides Brangelina style, opt for a jet from Asian Aviation.
Call 9810097200
INCENTIVES
Asian Aviation’s Citation–2 can fly distances as short as New Delhi–Agra and as far as New Delhi–Bangkok without refuelling. The plane seats seven and comes with a stewardess.
BENEFITS
Cellphone access is allowed on board, making it an ideal mobile office for top executives.
NET WORTH
A round trip to Agra costs around Rs2.3 lakh.
COMPANY
Taj Air
The luxury Taj group operates two Falcon 2000 aircraft.
Call 022 65089462 or visit tajaironline.com
INCENTIVES
Each 16-passenger aircraft has been configured to seat 8 and can fly to more than 100 destinations in India and abroad.
BENEFITS
The seats can be converted into beds. Each plane comes with a comprehensive entertainment system and three-course menu option.
NET WORTH
Return trips from Mumbai-Delhi start at Rs10.6 lakh. International routes can cost up to Rs60 lakh for Mumbai-London return trips.
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First Published: Fri, Mar 28 2008. 12 27 AM IST