Air Costa Moves Closer to Commencing Operations

After many months of waiting for the necessary approvals, LEPL-Group promoted Air Costa has finally received clearance to begin scheduled operations from India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA. Using Embraer E-170 regional jet aircraft, the airline plans to link Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad from its regional hub of Vijayawada.

Air Costa E-170

Photo: Embraer

It’s not an easy time for the aviation industry in India – regional airline Air Mantra folded earlier this year after less than 9 months of operation. Indian scheduled carriers have lost billions of dollars this year alone. Air Costa hopes that its focus on regional operations in what it considers to be an underserved area of India will yield positive results.

Air Costa plans to be a low-fare carrier, but it also will be utilizing a 2-class cabin configuration. In India, only JetKonnect currently utilizes such a model – other low-fare carriers have chosen to utilize single class configurations to lower costs.

Tickets will be available for booking on in the coming weeks.

Air Costa Launches Website

Air Costa’s website went live just now.

For those of you who don’t know about Air Costa, it is a startup regional carrier in the south, with bases in Chennai and Vijayawada. It has been getting ready to launch for some time now.

The website looks great, although it is hard to judge functionality when most features aren’t enabled yet!

Air Costa is targeting a Q1 2013 launch with Embraer 170 aircraft. If you are interested in flying for Air Costa, you can apply here. If you are interested in a job, you can apply through Air Costa’s Careers page.

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