India’s regional carrier TruJet, which has bagged 18 routes under the UDAN scheme, aims to raise its fleet size to up to eight aircraft by March 2018. It will also look at increasing the number of flights to nearly 50 per day by this year end.
Promoted by Turbo Megha Airways, the Hyderabad-based airline currently operates 31 flights, including four under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, to eight destinations with a fleet of five ATR planes.
UDAN is a regional air connectivity scheme (RCS) which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting unserved and under-served airports. “We currently have five aircraft in our fleet but only four of them are in operations. We are going to have some 7-8 planes in the fleet by this financial year,” V Umesh, Founder & MD Turbo Megha Airways.
Umesh said TruJet was expecting to operate close to 50 flights per day in December, adding, “We are looking to launch all 18 routes under the regional connectivity scheme.” The airline has already commenced services on Hyderabad-Kadapa, Hyderabad-Nanded and Nanded-Mumbai routes under the scheme.