Charter air link between Jamshedpur, Kolkata launched
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Last Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010, 19:37
Kolkata: The country's first non-schedule charter air service was launched today by the Deccan Charters Ltd, with three daily flights between Jamshedpur and Kolkata.

Announcing the launch, Deccan Charters chairman Capt G R Gopinath said an 18-seater turbo-prop aircraft will be put into service to connect the country's first industrial city Jamshedpur with Kolkata.

Gopinath also announced that his company will start a daily air service between the metropolis and the former princely state of Cooch Behar late this month.

The flight to Cooch Behar was scheduled to be inaugurated today, but was deferred due to non-availability of clearance by the Airports Authority of India and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, a wing of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Gopinath said the charter services on the Kolkata-Jamshedpur sector and Kolkata-Cooch Behar sector had been possible due to cooperation by the Tata Group and West Bengal government which had guaranteed eight seats on each sector.

With a fleet of 12 helicopters, two PILATUS PC-12 and a KINGAIR B-200 aircraft, Deccan Charters would strengthen its fleet by inducting ten more aircraft with 18-seater, 42-seater and 72-seater capacity in the next 18 months, he said.


First Published: Monday, August 16, 2010, 19:37

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