Star Air, the aviation vertical of Sanjay Ghodawat Group, has signed a lease for two more Embraer E175 passenger jets with Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the largest Regional Aircraft Lessor in the world.
These two aircraft are in addition to the two Embraer E175 jet orders signed at the Farnborough International Airshow, UK in August 2022. The first of these four aircraft orders are due to arrive in January 2023.
Focussing on establishing a fleet of Embraer aircraft to improve regional connectivity, the E175 is powered by GE CF34-8E engines which continue to set the standard in terms of reliability and performance in the regional jet segment having surpassed 200 million hrs in operations, has no middle seats, and provides best-in-class legroom in a dual-class cabin configuration. With a flying range of 2,200 nautical miles, Star Air is set to fly longer, faster, and smoother. Currently flying over 19 destinations across India, the airline is geared to expand its regional presence.
Commenting on the fleet expansion, Shrenik Ghodawat, Director – Star Air said, “As we witness the increase of passengers, Star Air is delighted to announce the expansion of our fleet. The addition of these aircraft will not only address the need for more capacity but also help us with Connecting Real India. The E175 aircraft will not only help us achieve greater productivity and higher utilization but will also strengthen our customer experience.”
Currently, the airline operates scheduled flights using its 5 Embraer E145 to connect 19 Indian destinations that include Ahmedabad, Ajmer (Kishangarh), Bengaluru, Belagavi, Delhi (Hindon), Hubballi, Indore, Jodhpur, Kalaburagi, Mumbai, Surat, Tirupati, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhuj, Bidar, and Kolhapur.
Star Air to start operations from Bengaluru Airport’s new Terminal 2 from January 15, 2023
Simran Singh Tiwana, CEO, Star Air said, “We are delighted to announce the commencement of operations from the all-new T2 at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. Our passengers have been using Terminal 1 since the start of our operation in January 2019. We are excited to be the first airline to transition to this new and state-of-the-art terminal on the cusp of our 4th anniversary. Our teams and stakeholders have been working diligently over the past few weeks to make the switch smooth and seamless for our travellers. Boasting of technology and innovation, the terminal is sure to be a visual treat for our passengers.”