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
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
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.