India's Taj Air adds two new aircraft

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Indian charter operator Taj Air has added two new aircraft to its fleet - a Dassault Falcon 2000LX business jet and a Piaggio P180 Avanti II twin turboprop, for which it is the exclusive distributor for Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Taj, which showcased the two aircraft at Indian Aviation 2010 earlier this month in Hyderabad, says the new additions to its fleet will "enhance its offering of efficient and highly personalised travel experience".

The charter operator is owned by hotel group Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, which is part of India's Tata Group. It has operated to more than 150 airports in 56 countries, says the company.

Taj's Avanti II is able to carry six passengers, and has a range of 2,720km (1,470nm). The Falcon 2000LX is equipped to fly up to nine passengers to any destination within a radius of nine flying hours without refuelling, says Taj.

Both aircraft are equipped with a satellite telephone system and fax system for its business passengers.

Taj also performs maintenance on its Falcon jets and Avanti II from its $2.5 million maintenance facility in Mumbai.