Earlier we wrote about the launch of Zoom Air in February. It is the latest arrival into Indian civil aviation that wants to connect Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns on its CRJ-400 plane. It is definitely a way better than ATR that is being used Air India.
They are now to take 2 more CRJ deliveries by May 15. Hence they would have a fleet of 3 planes. They have a plan of taking 2 more planes by March 2018.
Aircraft #1 would continue on Delhi-Kolkata-Durgapur route.
Aircraft #2 will be introduced on daily flights to Jorhat and Shillong, “with direct flights (first time) between Kolkata to Jorhat and Jorhat to Shillong as well as Shillong to Kolkata as daily connection in Zoom Air’s CRJ-200.
Although CEO claims, they would be operational in May but I believe it would be June before they really start up.
Aircraft #3 would be doing Delhi-Bikaner-Delhi-Jabalpur-Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata-Jabalpur-Delhi as per the statement by the CEO, Koustav Dhar.
Company futures plans:
“From mid-May we are starting our Delhi-Bikaner-Delhi-Jabalpur-Kolkata-Dimapur-Kolkata-Jabalpur-Delhi flight which shall also operate as direct Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi evening services,” Mr Dhar added.
From June 10, the airline will connect western parts of the country using its third aircraft, “connecting Delhi-Surat-Mumbai-Tirupati-Mumbai-Surat-Delhi flights”.
What does that mean?
IMHO, I find plans too ambitious as they are trying to add Mumbai flight and Delhi as a base too. I am not sure how they are going to expand that fast with those 2 super large bases and compete with Jet Airways, Vistara, Indigo and Air India on those routes. I believe they started with a good plan that they would start flying in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. For now, it looks too ambitious for an airline that is just a month old.
Why would a passenger want to fly on CRJ Bombardier when they have an option of Boeing 737 or Airbus flights. They should stick to a connection between tier 2 cities where they won’t see competition in a long time. Otherwise, it will end up becoming a failure story as entire operational money is being paid by the director of the company.
As per Livemint:
Koustav Dhar used to work as a chef for a major hotel chain in India before hanging up his apron nearly two decades ago and becoming an airline executive.
Since then, he’s worked at, or run three domestic Indian carriers. One was shut down, another sold, and the third failed to take off despite a license to operate regional flights. Unperturbed, Dhar, 45, is back—this time, as chief executive officer and director of Zoom Air, which began in February flying commuters between New Delhi, Kolkata and a smaller city, where no regular service existed.