FLY91 gets air operator permit from DGCA; commercial operations to begin soon

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Goa: Goa-based airline FLY91 has got its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The grant of the AOC is the final step in the DGCA’s arduous procedure, and it signifies the completion of all regulatory and compliance criteria for the airline to begin commercial operations.

As part of the AOC procedure, FLY91 successfully carried out proving flights under the observation of the country’s aviation regulator.

“This is a significant milestone for each and every member of FLY91, and I wish to place on record the commitment, dedication, meticulous planning, and exemplary collaboration that ensured that we achieved this milestone in record time,” Manoj Chacko, the president and CEO of FLY91, said.

FLY91 got its first ATR 72-600, one of two planes leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, last week. The aircraft flew in from Hyderabad to join the small airline’s fleet, which will be stationed at Manohar International Airport, Mopa, in Goa.

The airline was allocated its first set of routes through the government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) UDAN.

FLY91’s routes under UDAN 5.0 will connect the cities of Sindhudurg, Jalgaon, Nanded in Maharashtra, and Agatti in Lakshadweep, as well as other business and leisure destinations such as Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, and Pune.

The regional airline, codenamed IC, aspires to be a catalyst for connectivity in India’s tier 2 and tier 3 towns.

FLY91, a regional airline based in Goa, aims to improve air connectivity in India’s tier 2 and tier 3 cities by connecting over 50 cities within five years, with 30 aircraft inducted into its fleet.

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