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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:55 pm    Post subject: TruJet (formerly Turbo Megha Airlines) News -- Part 1 Reply with quote

http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/30339-indias-turbo-megha-airlines-in-talks-with-atr-embraer

India's Turbo Megha Airlines in talks with ATR, Embraer

Turbo Megha Airlines (Hyderabad Int'l) is in talks with Avions de Transport Régional and Embraer concerning plans to lease an initial three aircraft. Having secured its No Objection Certificates (NOC) from the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation last month, the start-up is looking to start operations in December.

Managing Director Vankayalapati Umesh told India's Economic Times that among the types being considered are ERJ-145s with lease agreements to be finalized by the end of next month.

"We are in the process of mobilising some INR700million (USD11.45million) of funds needed for initial operations and hope to take off operations by December," he said.

Turbo Megha plans to focus on India's southern states with eighteen Tier II cities including Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Cuddapah, Coimbatore, and Salem currently under consideration.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminds me of archana airways. . They had even leased space at airports ! And had E 145 on theit website
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turbo Megha- sounds like a Tollywood version of Silk Smitha.. Rolling Eyes
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Turbo Megha has sought permission to import two ATR aircraft after which it will get its air operator’s permit, said a government official, who did not want to be named. The airline and five others were cleared for take-off in July. Turbo Megha currently operates charter flights from Hyderabad. A second government official confirmed the airline will use ATRs.

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/70AOBB7m272WKbOBvet36O/Airlines-add-planes-to-reach-Indias-underserved-towns.html
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Turbo Megha- sounds like a Tollywood version of Silk Smitha.. Rolling Eyes


Laughing

Agreed, it is quite a tacky, movie inspired name.

But I'm still wondering which is worse, Turbo Megha or ABC Airways?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ssbmat wrote:
Turbo Megha- sounds like a Tollywood version of Silk Smitha.. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-02-14/Ram-Charan-Teja%E2%80%99s-airlines-to-kick-start-in-April-131489

Ram Charan Teja’s airlines to kick start in April

February 14,2015

Actor Ram Charan Teja who owns the Turbo Megha Airways Private Limited is all set to begin the airline operations from April which is to cover primarily Telangana and Andhra regions. Primarily aimed at pilgrims and economy passengers, the airline has planned to operate a 72-seater ATR aircraft. Turbo Aviation Corporation is likely to begin non-scheduled operations of nine-seater jets targeting the executive class.

Actor Ram Charan Teja who owns the Turbo Megha Airways Private Limited is all set to begin the airline operations from April which is to cover primarily Telangana and Andhra regions. Primarily aimed at pilgrims and economy passengers, the airline has planned to operate a 72-seater ATR aircraft. Turbo Aviation Corporation is likely to begin non-scheduled operations of nine-seater jets targeting the executive class.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they were to start off in April, wouldn't they have had atleast their first ATR in the country to start proving flights?
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Ram Charan Teja’s airlines to kick start in April

Turbo Aviation Corporation is likely to begin non-scheduled operations of nine-seater jets targeting the executive class.


I won't be surprised if the 9 seater NSOP aircraft turns out to be a Cessna Caravan. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-02-14/Ram-Charan-Teja%E2%80%99s-airlines-to-kick-start-in-April-131489

Ram Charan Teja’s airlines to kick start in April

February 14,2015

Actor Ram Charan Teja who owns the Turbo Megha Airways Private Limited is all set to begin the airline operations from April which is to cover primarily Telangana and Andhra regions. Primarily aimed at pilgrims and economy passengers, the airline has planned to operate a 72-seater ATR aircraft. Turbo Aviation Corporation is likely to begin non-scheduled operations of nine-seater jets targeting the executive class.

Actor Ram Charan Teja who owns the Turbo Megha Airways Private Limited is all set to begin the airline operations from April which is to cover primarily Telangana and Andhra regions. Primarily aimed at pilgrims and economy passengers, the airline has planned to operate a 72-seater ATR aircraft. Turbo Aviation Corporation is likely to begin non-scheduled operations of nine-seater jets targeting the executive class.


If there was traffic for a 72 seater to other cities in Telangana and AP from HYD, by now Spicejet or some other airline would have started it. There is a very limited potential for any further operations. In Telangana - Warangal is the 2nd largest city, but too close to HYD and all other cities are either too close or not big enough. In AP, only Nellore, Kakinada and Kadapa have some outside potential, but with former AP split into two, any potential will be further diminished.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If there was traffic for a 72 seater to other cities in Telangana and AP from HYD, by now Spicejet or some other airline would have started it. There is a very limited potential for any further operations. In Telangana - Warangal is the 2nd largest city, but too close to HYD and all other cities are either too close or not big enough. In AP, only Nellore, Kakinada and Kadapa have some outside potential, but with former AP split into two, any potential will be further diminished.


HYD-TIR will work for sure, as will HYD-VGA and HYD-VTZ.

and I don't see why the split will affect air traffic. It is not like Telangana is a separate country.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If they were to start off in April, wouldn't they have had atleast their first ATR in the country to start proving flights?


Will be here very shortly.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good sense has prevailed !

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/turbo-megha-airways-may-start-regional-airline-trujet-in-2-months-post-final-approval/articleshow/46296535.cms


Turbo Megha Airways may start regional airline TruJet in 2 months, post final approval

19 Feb, 2015

Vankayalapati Umesh, founder and managing director of Turbo Megha, said the airliner has finalised the brand as 'TruJet' and final touches were now being given to the two ATRs to be delivered over the next few weeks to help begin operations of the first phase.

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First aircraft will be in India this week.

MSN 858.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:16 pm    Post subject: Re: TruJet (formerly Turbo Megha Airlines) News -- Part 1 Reply with quote

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http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/30339-indias-turbo-megha-airlines-in-talks-with-atr-embraer

India's Turbo Megha Airlines in talks with ATR, Embraer

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Managing Director Vankayalapati Umesh told India's Economic Times that among the types being considered are ERJ-145s with lease agreements to be finalized by the end of next month.



Turbo Megha headed by Mr Vankayalapati

Having a hard time which is funnier, the name of the airline or that of its MD.
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TruJet with ATRs?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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TruJet with ATRs?
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I guess many people from the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh have names associated with tasty food items. (My obsession with food continues). Sublime wristy batsman and Aussie nemesis V. V. S. Laxman is Venkata Sai Laxman Vangipurapu, which has a similar meaning, associated with Brinjals. I know of people originating from towns with the name for mangoes associated with them: Mamidipally (close to Hyderabad, in the current Telangana), and Mamidala.
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I guess many people from the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh have names associated with tasty food items. (My obsession with food continues). Sublime wristy batsman and Aussie nemesis V. V. S. Laxman is Venkata Sai Laxman Vangipurapu, which has a similar meaning, associated with Brinjals. I know of people originating from towns with the name for mangoes associated with them: Mamidipally (close to Hyderabad, in the current Telangana), and Mamidala.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Yes, but "Vankayalapati" is taking it to another level altogether.

It actually means 'King of Brinjals' Laughing Laughing
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It actually means 'King of Brinjals'
Yes Sir, when I read Mr. V. Umesh's name, I got visions of the cartoon character Brinjal, with a crown on his head Razz Many names are actually quite funny: if one heard some Bong/Marathi/Jat names, one would be in splits.
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They have received their first aircraft MSN 858 registered as VT-TMK.
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http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/with-dgca-nod-trujet-becomes-the-latest-to-enter-domestic-skies/

With DGCA nod, Trujet becomes the latest to enter domestic skies

July 8, 2015

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted a regional air operator’s permit (AOP) to Turbo Megha to operate a regional airline Trujet on Tuesday making it the fourth airline to take to Indian skies since the new government assumed office in May last year.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapati said, “TruJet will start scheduled regional services a little later. However, we have given them permission to commence shuttle services immediately keeping in mind requirements for air connectivity during Godavari Pushkarams. Promoting connectivity is a focus area for us.”

“Keeping in mind the forthcoming Godavari Pushkarams and the desire of pilgrims from various locations to take a holy dip in the Godavari, TruJet will commence operations by linking Rajahmundry to Hyderabad and Chennai,” Raju added. The airline will be based out of Hyderabad and eventually connect stations like Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Aurangabad. V Umesh, MD, TruJet, said, “We believe there are a lot of underserved or unserved markets in India. We believe TruJet can fill this gap with its state-of-the-art aircraft and efficient service.”

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/trujets-first-flight-takes-off-from-hyderabad-to-tirupati/articleshow/48041421.cms

TruJet's first flight takes off from Hyderabad to Tirupati

12 Jul, 2015

HYDERABAD: The maiden flight of city-based regional low cost carrier TruJet, part of Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd, took off today from here to Tirupati.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the first commercial flight of TruJet, promoted by a group of investors including Tollywood actor Ram Charan Teja.

The minister attended the candle-lighting ceremony at the Shamshabad Airport here this morning and flagged off the first flight to Tirupati to mark official launch of Trujet flight services, an official statement said.

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and Telangana's Information Technology and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao attended the function.

Promoters of the company Ram Charan, Prem Kumar and V Umesh were among others who were present on the occasion.

The airliner has plans to acquire more aircraft and setting up a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility entailing an investment of Rs 500 crore as it also plans to gradually add new destinations.

The company has a fleet of two ATR 72-500 aircraft leased from an Irish company.

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Wow, truly the forum has been quiet! Laughing

2T (trujet), is now operating a single daily ATR rotation of HYD-TIR-HYD-IXU-HYD-RJA-HYD-TIR-HYD. This rotation has been in effect since 26th July.

From 06 August, trujet begins it's second daily ATR rotation by launching HYD-MAA, more flights are expected to be loaded up shortly.
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2T is expanding effective 10th of September which sees rotations changed as well.

2T will make its first foray to Bengaluru by launching a daily ATR flight, while on the same day, 2T will go twice daily on HYD-MAA, while resuming MAA-RJA (which operated earlier during Godavari Pushkaram festival)

1 a/c will operate HYD-TIR-HYD-IXU-HYD-BLR-HYD-TIR-HYD, while the other will operate HYD-MAA-HYD-MAA-RJA-MAA-HYD-RJA-HYD
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HYD-IXU-HYD may be dicey and MAA-RJA-MAA as well.
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HYD-IXU-HYD may be dicey and MAA-RJA-MAA as well.


HYD-IXU may actually do well, given the number of Shirdi bound pilgrims from HYD. The flight will make the journey a lot easier.
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HYD-IXU-HYD may be dicey and MAA-RJA-MAA as well.


HYD-IXU may actually do well, given the number of Shirdi bound pilgrims from HYD. The flight will make the journey a lot easier.


There are daily overnight train services from HYD to Shirdi and IXU which can put some stiff competition for this route.
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There are daily overnight train services from HYD to Shirdi and IXU which can put some stiff competition for this route.


As far as I know there is only a once a week direct train between secunderabad and shirdi.

Most people travelling by train from HYD go by the daily secunderabad - manmad express, and then take a taxi/bus from manmad to shirdi. This train is packed to the rafters all year round.

Of course, there are several buses connecting Hyderabad and Shirdi.

I think a flight to Aurangabad will cut down the travel time considerably, and will be quite popular. An ATR-72 may also be profitable on this route.
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There are daily overnight train services from HYD to Shirdi and IXU which can put some stiff competition for this route.


As far as I know there is only a once a week direct train between secunderabad and shirdi.

Most people travelling by train from HYD go by the daily secunderabad - manmad express, and then take a taxi/bus from manmad to shirdi. This train is packed to the rafters all year round.

Of course, there are several buses connecting Hyderabad and Shirdi.

I think a flight to Aurangabad will cut down the travel time considerably, and will be quite popular. An ATR-72 may also be profitable on this route.


There are other trains coming from different parts of AP and run in the same time slot of the shirdi bound weekly on other days thus ensuring a daily service to shirdi.
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HYD IXU has been tried before by KF, then 9W and then SG - all of them failed because of cost

However, with lower fuel and a cheaper cost structure, profitability will be at lower levels for Trujet
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KF never got any good pax numbers on HYD IXU. And having done the HYD Shirdi pilgrimage , let me tell you most people still prefer the coaches because of the "last mile connectivity" plus the fact that it is a convenient over night journey. Almost all the tour bus guys have a tie up with the local hotels and ensures day rooms. AP Tourism is among the major operators. Also lot of the traffic is on the weekend.


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http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-11-30/Poor-occupancy-suspends-Trujet-Hyderabad-Vijayawada-flights-189973

Poor occupancy suspends Trujet Hyderabad-Vijayawada flights?

November 30,2015

The latest report says that the airline has decided to cancel its services to Vijayawada from Tuesday. According to a report in an English daily, though the airline claims operational reasons for its cancellation, poor occupancy could be the real reason. The report says that there will be no flights from the Truejet between Hyderabad and Gannavaram airport from December 1 and the operations may resume from July next year.

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TruJet has added a new (pre-owned) ATR72-500 to the fleet today, as VT-TMU.
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http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/trujet-to-add-seven-aircraft-expand-services-to-west-and-north-india-116012700163_1.html

Trujet to add seven aircraft, expand services to West and North India

January 27, 2016

Regional airline Trujet plans to add seven ATR aircraft to its fleet and is looking to expand its services to North and West India.


The airline began operations with a Hyderabad-Tirupati flight last July and flies to eight destinations now. It holds a regional operations permit.


“We have three ATR-72 planes now and will add two more aircraft by May,” said V Umesh, chairperson, Trujet. It will add services from Hyderabad to Pune and Visakhapatnam.


“We plan to have ten aircraft by 2016-end and have sought approval from the civil aviation ministry to start services from West and North India. We have load factors of 85% and very low cancellation rate,” he added.


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747-237 wrote:
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-11-30/Poor-occupancy-suspends-Trujet-Hyderabad-Vijayawada-flights-189973

Poor occupancy suspends Trujet Hyderabad-Vijayawada flights?

November 30,2015

The latest report says that the airline has decided to cancel its services to Vijayawada from Tuesday. According to a report in an English daily, though the airline claims operational reasons for its cancellation, poor occupancy could be the real reason. The report says that there will be no flights from the Truejet between Hyderabad and Gannavaram airport from December 1 and the operations may resume from July next year.


The reason could be a cut in government traffic. AP Govt has stopped its employees including senior staff and MLA's travelling from HYD to Vijayawada by air, instead asking them to go by train or road.
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/Trujets-Nagpur-Hyd-daily-flight-from-Mar-20/articleshow/51350708.cms

Trujet’s Nagpur-Hyd daily flight from Mar 20

Mar 11, 2016

Trujet has announced Nagpur-Hyderabad flights from March 20 with a promotional fare of Rs999 plus taxes. The offer will cover bookings till March 14 for travel till April 15, said a press release issued by the company. The daily flight will be launched on March 20.

This may be the first regional airline operating with a ATR-72 aircraft to fly between the two cities after Air Deccan wound up its services from here.

The airlines' managing director Vankayalapati Umesh said through a press release, "the company Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd finds Nagpur an important business centre located at heart of the country. It undoubtedly needs connectivity to South India. We are providing not only flights between Nagpur and Hyderabad but also further connections to Tirupati and Goa. Other destinations like Rajamundry, Bengaluru and Chennai can also be reached through Hyderabad."

The airline currently operates two ATR-72 aircraft and has acquired a third one which will operate in the new sectors. The flight from Hyderabad will start at 5:50am and reach Nagpur at 7:30am. From Nagpur it will take off at 7:55 am reaching Hyderabad at 9:40am daily, the press release said.

Trujet currently operates to seven stations Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Rajamundry and Tirupati. It claims to be the only airlines operating on Hyderabad-Auranbagad route as the latter is a gateway to the temple city of Shirdi.

Umesh told TOI 70 to 80% of capacity is expected to be filled directly from Nagpur itself for the Hyderabad flight. Trujet is predominantly a regional airlines connecting smaller towns by offering competitive fares. The company has also been receiving offers from investors but has not taken a call yet, he said.

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[img]Truejet, ATR-72 by Himmat Rathore, on Flickr[/img]
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great catch, Himmat Sir!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/trujet-to-fly-on-hyderabad-kadapa-kadapa-tirupati-sectors-116033000961_1.html

TruJet to fly on Hyderabad-Kadapa, Kadapa-Tirupati sectors

March 30, 2016

TruJet today announced it will operate flights on Hyderabad-Kadapa- Hyderabad and Kadapa-Tirupati sectors from April 8.

TruJet will be the only airline to operate flights on these routes from April 8, a release from the carrier said.

"Kadapa is a very important business destination in Andhra Pradesh. As a part of our strategy of connecting unserved and under-served markets, we are pleased to announce these sector from/to Kadapa. This will be our third unconnected route after Aurangabad and Nagpur," Vankayalapati Umesh Managing Director, Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd (which operates TruJet), said.

"We are providing not only flight between Hyderabad and Kadapa but are also connecting Nagpur to Kadapa, and Kadapa to Goa and Rajahmundry with convenient connections via Hyderabad. We are very hopeful that the response will exceed our expectations," Umesh said.

The airline operates a set of ATR-72 aircrafts and has acquired the third aircraft of the same type. The latest aircraft will operate the new sectors, it said.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have been cancelling flights ex-HYD left right and centre for the past few days.

One of their ATRs seems to be perpetually taking in the sun on the tarmac at HYD.

Anyone in the know? Another one biting the dust?
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