Almost a decade after bidding the Indian aviation market goodbye, Air Deccan (DN) is now back in business with scheduled commercial flights. Air Deccan was India’s first low cost carrier, until 2008 when the airline ceased its operations. DN has relaunched its operations with service from Mumbai to Jalgaon (a small village in India) under the regional air connectivity scheme (UDAN). The carrier has leased a Beechcraft 1900D, a twin-engine fixed-wing aircraft with seating capacity of 18 passengers. The aircraft is registered VT-DND and features a special livery of the “UDAN” scheme and R.K Laxman’s cartoon character named “the common man”.
The maiden flight (DN 1320) took off at around 1500hrs (IST) from Mumbai on 25th of December 2017 for its flight to Jalgaon, about 410 km to the northeast of the Maharashtra capital – Mumbai.
“We have received the regulatory authority’s (DGCA’s) approval and would commence our operations on Saturday from Mumbai to Jalgaon,” the airline’s founder Captain G.R. Gopinath said. A few DGCA officials were on board the inaugural flight, which took off from Mumbai with a delay of about 2hrs.
“It’s a sense of great beginning. A sense of being fortunate that Air Deccan is taking off again,” Capt. Gopinath said. Air Deccan plans to provide connectivity to Jalgaon, Nashik and Kolhapur from Mumbai and Pune.