24 August 2023, Mumbai: Star Air, a prominent regional airline operating within India, proudly asserts its position as the country’s largest private regional airline. Continuously upgrading both its fleet and network across India, the airline is poised for substantial expansion in the upcoming financial year. Presently, Star Air effectively links numerous destinations in South and West India, employing the reliable Embraer E175 aircraft, while harboring plans for further widespread growth.
40 New Routes Set to Take Off Under Star Air’s Banner
Director of Star Air, Shrenik Ghodawat, underlined the airline’s milestone achievement, stating, “Our ascent to becoming India’s largest regional airline underscores our steadfast dedication to providing passengers with superior, hassle-free air travel. With our expanding fleet and network, we remain committed to bolstering regional connectivity, offering seamless and comfortable travel options to individuals across India.” Ghodawat also confirmed the forthcoming commencement of operations on all 40 routes awarded to Star Air under the UDAN 5 scheme.
Star Air’s Inaugural Flight on Bengaluru-Tirupati Route
Anticipating an enriched travel experience for passengers, Star Air is primed to launch services on the 40 routes designated to the airline as part of the UDAN 5 initiative. Commencing from August 24, Star Air’s flights will traverse the Bengaluru-Tirupati route, offering flights five times a week, excluding Wednesdays and Tuesdays.
Third Embraer E175 Aircraft Fuels Star Air’s Expansion
The capacity for expansion across multiple routes has been made feasible through the acquisition of a third Embraer E175 aircraft. With this addition, Star Air now commands a fleet of eight aircraft, including five Embraer E145 aircraft. This expansion is the result of a strategic agreement with Nordic Aviation Capital, the lessor, initially securing two E175s and subsequently increasing the agreement to include four aircraft.
Featuring a distinctive configuration uncommon in India’s regional aviation market, the 76-seat Embraer E175 aircraft stands out with 12 business-class seats and 64 economy seats. Of notable significance, Star Air is now the sole carrier within India’s UDAN-covered routes to offer a business-class service, setting a new benchmark within the country’s regional connectivity program.