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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:52 am    Post subject: Star Air News -- Part 1 Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/58174-indias-star-air-eyes-1q18-launch-using-erj-145s

India's Star Air eyes 1Q18 launch using ERJ-145s

Star Air (India) (Belgaum) is an Indian start-up planning to commence scheduled passenger flights during the first quarter of 2018.

An airline statement says it has already secured two ERJ-145s which will deliver towards year-end in time for a proposed February 2018 launch.

In March this year, parent firm Ghodawat Enterprises applied to the Indian government for permission to operate a Scheduled Air Transport Service. In its application, the firm said Star Air would run regular passenger flights from Belgaum to Mumbai Int'l, Delhi Int'l, Chennai, and Tirupati initially before expanding further afield in the Indian market.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is said to have already issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC).

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Aviation has placed orders for pre-owned three 50-seater ERJ 145 aircraft to service their routes under RCS. “Embraer will deliver the first aircraft in couple of months,” Pereira said, adding that the regional airline has made future commitments with it for used aircraft. “We are in talks with several other airlines to unlock opportunities with E 175 for RCS routes,” Pereira added.

http://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/grounded-air-costas-50-aircraft-order-still-valid-says-embraer/1093497/
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is not a very easy aircraft to operate in terms of the operating costs, even for a regional airline. More so, given the current barrel prices. I wonder why a startup is venturing out for this type, given the safer choice of an AT7-6 if they want the capacity, plus Engineering works advantages with lots of operators of this type in India.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
This is not a very easy aircraft to operate in terms of the operating costs, even for a regional airline. More so, given the current barrel prices. I wonder why a startup is venturing out for this type, given the safer choice of an AT7-6 if they want the capacity, plus Engineering works advantages with lots of operators of this type in India.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Sumantra, wasn't there another relatively recent ERJ 145 operator in India, that flopped. The name escapes me.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sumantra wrote:
This is not a very easy aircraft to operate in terms of the operating costs, even for a regional airline. More so, given the current barrel prices. I wonder why a startup is venturing out for this type, given the safer choice of an AT7-6 if they want the capacity, plus Engineering works advantages with lots of operators of this type in India.
Cheers, Sumantra.


Sumantra, wasn't there another relatively recent ERJ 145 operator in India, that flopped. The name escapes me.


I don't think any one had brought an ERJ145 anytime recently to India. The last operator to fly an ERJ was AirCosta - they flew E170s & E190s.

Zoom Air operates CRJs.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/67943-indias-star-air-preps-for-launch-with-udan-ops

India's Star Air preps for launch with UDAN ops

Star Air (India) (Belgaum) has recently been hiring ground and cabin staff ahead of its planned launch on three routes out of Hubli in the south-western Indian state of Karnataka, the Bangalore Mirror has reported. Its maiden services are planned under the umbrella of UDAN, the Indian government's subsidy scheme for flights to un- or underserved airports.

The Indian start-up backed by the Sanjay Ghodawat Group had previously planned to launch in February 2018 using two ERJ-145s. Despite the delay, the carrier has not changed its fleet plans, although it is currently unclear when exactly it plans to start operations.

During the second round of UDAN/RCS route allocations in early 2018, the start-up has won rights to fly out of Hubli to each of Tirupati, Hindon, and Pune.

Previously, Star Air had also announced plans to launch purely commercial routes not covered by the UDAN scheme, such as flights out of Belgaum to each of Mumbai Int'l, Delhi Int'l, Chennai, and Tirupati. It is unclear at this moment whether the carrier still intends to expand in such a way and when that would happen.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Air has added an ERJ145LR to the fleet today, as VT-SGC.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/74282-indias-star-air-secures-aop-preps-for-launch

Star Air secures AOP, preps for launch

04.01.2019

Star Air has announced it has been granted its Air Operator's Permit (AOP) by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The licence allows the start-up to operate scheduled passenger flights.

In a statement, Star Air said its first route would cover daily flights from its Bangalore Int'l base to Hubli using E145 equipment. Other touted destinations include Tirupati, Pune, and Delhi/Hindon.

As part of its certification process, it used a single E145, VT-GSC (msn 14500845).

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good depreciated plane they plan to use... hope the break the EMB jinx in India..

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
This is not a very easy aircraft to operate in terms of the operating costs, even for a regional airline. More so, given the current barrel prices. I wonder why a startup is venturing out for this type, given the safer choice of an AT7-6 if they want the capacity, plus Engineering works advantages with lots of operators of this type in India.
Cheers, Sumantra.


It possibly has something to do with a number of EMB 145s becoming available for lease at fairly low rates. Many relatively new frames (around 8-10 years old) retired by various airlines recently have found their way into the lease market.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/star-air-to-begin-flights-from-jan-25/articleshow/67517686.cms

Star Air to begin flights from Jan 25

Jan 14, 2019

The newest airline in the Indian skies, Star Air, will commence commercial flights starting January 25. The airline is introducing non-stop flights from Bengaluru to Hubballi and Hubballi to Bengaluru. The flight from Bengaluru to Hubballi will depart at 7.35 am and arrive in Hubballi at 8.35 am.

From Hubballi, the flight will depart at 11.45 am and arrive in Bengaluru at 12.45 pm.

The airfares on the Bengaluru-Hubballi route starts at Rs 1,299, while from Hubballi to Bengaluru, it starts at Rs 1,599. The airline will also commence flight operations between Hubballi and Tirupati with fares starting from Rs 2,740 from January 25. From February 6 onwards, flights between Bengaluru and Belagavi with fares starting from Rs 2,599 will begin. The flight will depart Bengaluru at 1.25 pm and arrive at Belagavi at 2.30 pm.

Star Air will be operating Embraer aircraft on these routes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Air to start operations from 25th January

Sanjay Ghodawat group promoted Star air will start operations from 25th January 2019. The airline will utilize its sole aircraft – an Embraer E-145 registered VT-GSC for the operations. The airline will start services to Hubballi, Tirupati and Belgavi, from its base in Bengaluru. The flights to Belgavi are effective 5th February 2019.

The airline did its proving flights between Bengaluru and Coimbatore as well as Bengaluru and Tirupati and got its Scheduled Commuter Airline permit in the first week of January. The airline’s IATA code is OG. The National Civil Aviation Policy 2016, allows for a scheduled commuter airline having a code share with other airlines for domestic and international routes.

The airline will be betting big on the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) where it has won some routes. These include Tirupati – Hubli, Hubli – Hindon (Delhi), Hubli – Pune. While Hindon is an active Air Force Station and is not yet ready for civil operations, the airport at Pune – under the Indian Air Force is short of slots. While these two are sorted, the airline will start operations to Tirupati.
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