Flybig is India’s newest Scheduled Commuter Airline, with commercial flights to destinations in the North-East, South, and Central India. It is a UDAN Scheme beneficiary. The UDAN Scheme’s mandate is to provide one crore people with low-cost air tickets each year and to connect more than 300 cities across the country via air routes.
Flybig signed a Letter of Intent to acquire up to ten De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft in order to achieve its goal of assisting in serving small and remote communities that are not accessible by air. The De Havilland Canada Twin Otter 400 Series has a proven track record of safe, dependable operations, as well as versatility, which includes the ability to land on land or water.
The letter of intent was signed by Captain Sanjay Mandavia , CMD Flybig and Yogesh Garg, Director, Sales – Asia Pacific, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. and exchanged at their stall at Wings India 2022 Show.
CMD Flybig, Sanjay Mandavia said: “It is a strategic and necessary acquisition. It will be a valuable asset for Flybig in its quest to provide last-mile connectivity to hinterlands of India. This landmark acquisition will provide competitive thrust and open a niche travel segment in the Indian Aviation Industry as it can also be used over water to promote tourism. The De Havilland Twin Series Otter 400 aircraft has the potential to provide last-mile connectivity to our country’s inaccessible geographical destinations.”
Flybig is at the forefront of establishing flight routes in areas that are inaccessible by other modes of conventional transportation. Its intent is consistent with Hon’ble Prime Minister Modiji’s vision of allowing ordinary citizens of our country to fly under the UDAN-Scheme.
“We are very excited to be working with Flybig to connect underserved destinations that currently rely on inconvenient and inefficient modes of transportation,” said Philippe Poutissou, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, De Havilland Canada. “It is always a source of pride when De Havilland Canada aircraft are selected by a new operator and we welcome this opportunity to work with Flybig to increase connectivity across India.”
“The Twin Otter Series 400 has earned a solid reputation for performance and versatility and is ideal for providing air connectivity in India’s hinterland. The aircraft has proven its capabilities for executive and private travel as well as commercial operations in some of the most challenging geographical terrains,” said Yogesh Garg, Director, Sales – Asia Pacific, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. “It is a 19-seater aircraft that will meet a wide range of needs in India’s ever-expanding aviation market, opening up access to new commuter as well as coastal and island-hopping routes. It has proven its worth in commuter travel around the world, as well as island hopping.”