Tata SIA moves towards air operator's permit

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Tata SIA Airlines has applied for an Air Operators Permit in India following its recent receipt of a no objection certificate.

Those who have objections to the new carrier receiving its AOP have twenty days to file them, says India’s civil aviation ministry in a statement.

“It is hereby informed to the General Public that M/s Tata SIA Airlines Ltd. has applied for grant of Air Operators Permit (Scheduled) for the purpose of providing Scheduled Air Transport Services in India,” says the DGCA. “The documents submitted by the applicant are being processed in this office.”

After the three week call for objections, the DGCA will take one week to review the submissions, says a Tata SIA spokesman.

The carrier is a joint venture between India’s Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines.

Following this, the aircraft will go through a range of audits to be sure it meets ICAO standards. This process should “take a few months,” says the spokesman.

At present the carrier has a “core team” of just 20 individuals, says the spokesman. It is in the process of building is staff base, and expects to start hiring pilots and other staff in the coming months.

The carrier will initially operate 20 leased Airbus A320s, with the first example due to arrive in September. The lessor for the aircraft is Singapore-based BOC Aviation.