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Deccan to add more ATRs to its fleet

The airline would go ahead with the purchase plan in the current year itself to tackle the issue of volatile crude prices, Air Deccan CMD said.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 15:29 IST

Close on the heels of a fresh order placed to acquire 30 Airbus aircraft, budget carrier Air Deccan is planning to acquire more turbo-prop aircraft from Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) soon to enhance its regional connectivity maintaining lower fare.

The airline would go ahead with the purchase plan in the current year itself to tackle the issue of volatile crude prices, Air Deccan CMD GR Gopinath said.

"We will be acquiring more ATR aircraft soon. We have not yet decided about number of aircrafts.. But definitely, we have planned for a purchase," he said.

The airline presently has a fleet of 24 Aircraft comprising Airbus A-320 and ATRs.

Attributing the decision to cruising crude prices, Gopinath said ATR aircraft are fuel efficient.

Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) accounts for nearly 30-40 per cent of the total cost of operations of Indian carriers as against the international average of 16 per cent.

Referring to a seven per cent increase in fuel price hike in last week, he expressed hope that the prices would come down.

"Fuel prices cannot be predicted.. Historically, it cannot be so huge for quite a long time. I think it would hover around $45-50 per barrel," Gopinath said.

In December, crude oil prices are down by 19 per cent after touching a record high of $70.85 per barrel in August and now it hovers somewhere around $57 and 63 per barrel.