Star Air to expand fleet with trio of Embraer aircraft

The Bengaluru-based Star Air has placed an order for three more advanced Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft to join its current fleet in the coming months in a deal expected to further strengthen the airline’s relationship with the manufacturer.

Star Air said it is the first airline operator in India using this aircraft for its domestic commercial activities.

Currently the airline’s fleet consists of two ERJ 145 aircraft with the three new aircraft set to join the fleet by November 2019. The airline is planning to further increase its fleet size to 10 aircraft by December 2020.

The airline received its Air Operator Certificate on the 1 January 2019, becoming the first Schedule Commuter Operator based out of Bengaluru. The airline aimed to connect more cities across India under the country’s Regional Connectivity Scheme or UDAN 3 (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).

Star Air is currently operating in six Indian cities including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Belagavi, Hubballi and Tirupati.

“By cementing this partnership with Embraer, we will be ideally positioned to generate greater value for all of our stakeholders,” commented Sanjay Ghodawat, chairman of Star Air. “We will continue to add more aircraft to our fleet in the time to come which will help us activate all UDAN routes and also a few non-UDAN sectors. Customer comfort and their safety is of utmost importance to us at Star Air.”

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