Air India’s regional-airline subsidiary Alliance Air has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600 regional airliner.
Alliance Air, which also operates under the name Air India Regional and is officially named Airline Allied Services Limited, is due to receive five new ATR 72-600 turboprop regional airliners on lease from Singapore-based leasing firm Avation plc by July 2015.
Each ATR 72-600 will be configured with 70 seats and will bring additional capacity to Air Alliance’s network of services to second- and third-tier cities throughout India, and routes linking such cities with India’s major metropolitan hubs.
Alliance Air already has four leased ATR 42-320 turboprops among its fleet of regional aircraft, according to ATR.
“We are pleased to introduce into our fleet an aircraft which has clearly become the new reference among all regional planes,” says Rohit Nandan, chairman of Alliance Air. “The ATRs have proven for years their reliability and their ability to bring our passengers to every destination of our regional network.”
As of today, ATR has more than 20 aircraft flying in India. It also has a Bangalore-based customer support center.
Alliance Air operates 170 flights per week on a network which currently boasts 25 Indian destinations: Agatti, Agra, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Bhuj, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharamshala, Guwahati, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kullu, Lilabari, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pantnagar, Port Blair, Shillong, Silchar, Surat and Tezpur.
According to ATR, Alliance Air’s flight schedules are structured to enable easy connections between smaller cities via the hubs of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Alliance Air also provides connections to international destinations served by Air India at the parent carrier’s hubs, particularly Delhi and Mumbai.