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flybig to acquire Ten De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft

flybig to acquire Ten De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft The agreement for the same is exchanged during the inaugural function of the Wings India 2022 in the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday.

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.

They 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 – the 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."

flybig aspires to be the carrier of aspirational India, with a focus on Tier II and Tier III cities that will be the country's future growth engines. It intends to promote and boost tourism across destinations and will also open new vistas of economic opportunity in India's untapped demographic landscapes.

Sanjay Mandavia, CMD of flybig, also praised the Hon'ble Prime Minister Modiji for his big picture vision for the Indian Aviation Industry, which has paved the way for the Ministry of Civil Aviation and FICCI to organize the Wings India 2022 Summit, Asia's largest event for civil aviation industry.

About flybig

flybig is promoted by Gurugram based Big Charter Private Limited, led by Capt. Sanjay Mandavia who is the airline’s Chairman and Managing Director. The airline is focused on connecting tier-2 and tier 3 cities within India.

flybig is an important partner to the Government of India in its initiative and scheme to promote air travel through UDAN. flybig leads the way to complement, support and activate the Government’s plan to provide passenger and logistic connectivity to add socio-economic value to passengers and businesses leading to economic transformation and logistics upgradation.

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world's harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand for the companies that previously operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada.

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