Flybig Airlines sets new trends in the aviation industry. Just like any industry, the Indian aviation industry is also changing day by day. As the new year kicks off with a lot of happenings in the aviation sector. The new year has brought something new in the Indian skies in pink and white. Flybig, India’s latest player in the aviation sector has completed its first flight to Ahmadabad from Indore on January 3. Here’s all you need to know about flybig airlines, India’s newest player in the aviation sector.
On December 21st, the airline began operating its first route from Delhi to Shillong, under a contract it won with the government, according to Moneycontrol. To fulfill the contract, flybig wet-leased a De Havilland Canada Dash 8 Q400 from SpiceJet. Flybig will operate the route twice a week using the wet-leased aircraft and eventually bring its fleet onto the route.
The airline will compete with the big boys in the industry such as the indigo and spice jet with low competitive fares on par with its peers. .According to reports, In a bid to keep fares low but to provide some comforts, flybig will be a hybrid airline. This means snacks will be included with the ticket, but passengers will have to pay extra for other services like a second checked bag and priority check-in.
How Flybig plans to become successful...
Flybig airlines will position itself as a regional carrier and will leverage the government’s UDAN INITIATIVE to connect small towns to enhance rural air connectivity. The airline says that it plans to provide connectivity to destinations that were hitherto inaccessible by air. The low-cost airline founded by Sanjay Mandavia, a pilot-turned-aviator entrepreneur, will have Indore as it’s base.
The airline promoted by gurugram – based Big charter private limited will have a 2×2 seating combination. According to airline’s CEO Srinivas Rao, the airline will later scale up its operation to have five flights a week. But in an initial couple of weeks, the airline will operate flights only thrice a week. The airline has also informed that it will have daily flights connecting all the tier-2 cities by the end of March this year.
Notably, the Flybig has an ATR aircraft, and it is in the process of getting a second one. The airline has tied up with over 15,000 agents, many of them in the tier-2 cities. Talks are also on with online travel agencies.
India does need a few stable regional carriers. However, the need is currently fulfilled by airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet along with their turboprop operations so far. As the new entrant enters the aviation arena, things may get more interesting, like what happened when reliance’s jio entered the telecom-sector.
But a few raise their eyebrows about the prospects of launching a new airline amidst a pandemic, rising fuel prices, and competing with the big guns such as IndiGo.Any way India welcomes the freshman of the aviation sector with new hopes.
Can the fly big airlines be a game-changer? or will it bite the dust like kingfisher airlines and jet airways? Let’s wait and watch