Indian cargo start-up Flyington Freighters has secured its first two aircraft and aims to launch in August or September this year.
The Hyderabad-based airline has secured two Airbus A300-600Fs on lease from an undisclosed leasing company and aims to have the first aircraft arrive in India in July, Flyington Freighters managing director, Deepak Parasuraman, says from Toulouse, France where he is currently visiting.
Once the first aircraft arrives in India the airline anticipates it will take 30 days for the authorities to inspect the aircraft and issue the airline with an air operator’s certificate, says Parasuraman.
He says the plan is to launch in August or September with the two A300-600Fs.
This aircraft type will be used on medium-haul routes and Parasuraman says the carrier is also seeking more A300-600Fs on lease plus it is seeking Boeing 747-400Fs on lease which it wants for long-haul operations.
The airline has yet to secure 747-400Fs and Parasuraman says “it is a tough [lease] market at the moment but we are still working on it”.
Flyington Freighters has no plans to operate domestically and will be purely an international cargo airline, he adds.
Besides aircraft on lease, Flyington Freighters has a firm order for 12 Airbus A330-200Fs with first deliveries set for 2009