INDIAN AIRLINES' board of directors has approved a proposal to acquire six 56-seater aircraft on wet lease. The aircraft will be flown on short-haul routes, mainly in India's northeastern sector.

The board has also approved a scheme, to form a joint venture with either an international or Indian Company, to operate ground handling services.

The carrier is considering the Fokker 50, the ATR 42 and the Bombardier Regional Jet as the three most likely candidates.

The leasing move follows the merger in 1994 of state-owned regional carrier Vayudoot with Indian Airlines.

Source: Flight International