Air Taxi Launches In India
A company in India is ready to launch the country's first small-airplane air-charter service, starting with a fleet of two Cirrus SR22s. Air Car seats are priced competitively with business-class airline tickets and half the price of other air-charter options, entrepreneur Manav Singh told Business Standard. The company will fly out of Delhi and serve destinations within a 300-mile radius, including several emerging cities that lack airline service. "Air Car offers the option to travel faster to these places at reasonable rates," said Uttam Kumar Bose, a partner in the launch. Air Car has another 10 SR-22s on order. The company plans to add two or three airplanes each quarter and expand nationwide by 2013, according to the Standard. The company is also working to offer package deals to corporate clients.
Singh owns a fractional company, Club One, and Bose is the former CEO of Air Sahara. New air-charter companies trying to appeal to business travelers with small airplane service have had mixed results here in the U.S. -- DayJet, with its fleet of Eclipse jets, went down for lack of capital, and even SATSAir, which had been showing promise with its Cirrus service, recently closed, but Linear Air and several others are holding their own.