India has been awaiting the launch of a new airline for a while, called flybig. flybig has been in the works since last year and will be a turboprop operator.
flybig received a No Objection Certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AoC) on 14 December 2020. flybig inducted a 68-seater ATR 72-500 which was earlier in service with Virgin Australia and was brought into India and inducted in the fleet in December 2020.
The airline’s first flight took off today from Indore, which will be the home airport for flybig, and flew to Ahmedabad and on its way back.
The airline will operate three times a week till January 17, 2021. It will become five times a week operation till February 15, 2021, and a daily operation from thereon.
From January 13, 2021, flybig will add an Indore – Raipur flight in its network, to be followed by Ahmedabad – Bhopal flight on February 1, 2021. By the end of March 2021, the airline will connect all three cities daily. Here is the Winter Schedule 20-21 as filed by the airline at the moment.
Here are some pictures from the launch flight, via the flybig Twitter.
flybig intends to offer only cold snacks onboard, included in the ticket cost.
India does need a few stable regional carriers. However, the need is usually fulfilled by airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet along with their turboprop operations till so far.
What do you think about the prospects of launching a new airline amidst a pandemic, and competing with the big boys such as IndiGo?
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