Zoom Air started its daily scheduled operations from today, February 15 on Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur-Delhi route. This was extended till Amritsar in the afternoon. The airline received the schedule operating permit from the DGCA on February 3. It had launched its first flight from Delhi to Durgapur on February 12. Zoom Air is India’s newest full-service airline and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had flagged off the inaugural flight on Sunday. The airline is the country’s 10th scheduled carrier for the domestic sector. The passenger airline has started its operations in Indian capital cities like Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, but their main concentration is in areas which are less catered to by other airlines. The other airlines in India are Air India, Jet Airways, Air India Express, Vistara, Jetlite, Spicejet, Indigo, GoAir and Air Asia India.
Here is everything you should know about Zoom Air:
1. Zoom Air is based in Gurgaon and is promoted by Zexus Air Services, a firm based in Delhi.
2. Zoom Air’s operations are with Bombardier CR-J200 LR series twin-engine jet aircraft. It has taken three jets on dry lease from CRJ Aircraft Leasing, Dublin. These aircraft have been used by Club One Air in India, but that is a charter airline. Two similar regional jets have been taken on lease from Skyone FZE aircraft leasing of the UAE.
3. Zoom Airline will be the first one to connect Durgapur with daily flights to busy airports like New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai and commuters will get premium services on board. Similarly, Shillong will get daily connectivity to the important cities.
4. The airline will be a full service, as it will also provide meals on board, called Zoom Eat.
8. “The airline has been funded with Rs 20 crores paid up equity. We plan to put in another Rs 20 crores during the year to expand operations. It’s a debt-free company,” said Koustav M Dhar, CEO and director, told IE.
9. Dhar told IE, Zoom Air expects to make a break even profit in 18 months, which assumes the airlines will be able to fill 70-75 per cent of its seats and an average ticket cost of Rs 3,000 for each seat.
10. Zoom Air will have 50 premier seater long-range versions, with a quiet cabin and fast cruise technology and fitted with High-Performance CF34-3B19 engines by GE Aerospace.