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Air Costa acquires three E-Jets, to launch operations in Jul-2013

19-Jun-2013 9:47 AM

Air Costa and Embraer, during the Paris Air Show, announced (18-Jun-2013) that the Vijayawada-based airline has acquired three E-Jets for launch of its scheduled regional airline service in India. Two E170s have been arranged from ECC Leasing, Embraer’s wholly-owned subsidiary. The new carrier has also purchased one new E190 from Embraer. The firm order is already included in Embraer’s backlog as an “undisclosed” customer. Air Costa CEO Captain Babu said: “Air Costa has chosen E-Jets for their efficiency and reliability. Our plan is to link underserved markets in India with more direct flights. The E170 and E190 are ideal in size and range. We can add frequencies and routes without adding too much capacity, thus serving places with seasonal demand, as well as key secondary and tertiary business centres.” Air Costa will initially connect cities in southern India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Vijayawada, as well as key secondary cities in the north and northwest of the country. Air Costa chairman and MD Ramesh Lingamaneni added: “Regional services have a lot of potential in India especially as the economy of South Indian cities is booming. We are committed to further growth in the Indian market with additions to our fleet and launching new routes over the medium term. We are very pleased with the support that Embraer has provided to date for the launch of our Air Costa and we look forward to a long successful and mutually rewarding relationship.” [more - original PR]