FLY91: India’s Newest Regional Airline

India witnessed the launch of a new regional airline, FLY91, on March 14, 2024. The airline, backed by aviation veteran Manoj Chacko, was virtually flagged off by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. FLY91’s inaugural flight took off from Goa’s Mopa airport, connecting to Agatti in Lakshadweep.

Fleet and Expansion Plans

Currently, the Goa-based airline operates one 72- seater ATR-72 aircraft and would add three more aircraft by June, said Fly91’s MD & CEO Manoj Chacko, who has previously worked with Emirates Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines.

Commercial Operations

Following the inaugural flight, FLY91 officials announced that the airline would commence its commercial services from March 18, 2024. Initially, the airline will offer flights connecting Goa to Bengaluru and Hyderabad, catering to the growing demand for regional connectivity.

Government Support and Regional Connectivity

During the virtual inauguration, Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia emphasized the government’s commitment to connecting tier 2 and tier 3 cities through the Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme.

He also mentioned that the aviation industry is expected to increase its domestic traffic from 6 crores in 2014 to 30 crores by 2030, showcasing the immense potential for growth in the sector.

Vision for Accessible Air Travel

Manoj Chacko, managing director and chief executive officer of FLY91, stated that the airline’s launch marks a significant milestone in their efforts to make air travel more accessible.

Chacko, a veteran of the travel industry, brings extensive experience to FLY91, having previously worked in senior leadership roles at renowned companies such as Emirates Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, American Express, SOTC, and WNS.

Regulatory Approval and Route Network

FLY91 received its Air Operator Permit (AOP) from the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for operating flights under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) and Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

To secure the AOP, FLY91 successfully completed the required test flights or proving flights. The airline will connect Sindhudurg, Jalgaon, and Nanded in Maharashtra, as well as Agatti in Lakshadweep, under the regional connectivity scheme.

The launch of FLY91 marks a significant development in India’s aviation industry, particularly in the regional connectivity segment.


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