Jagson to tie up with foreign carriers
Official sources have confirmed that training programmes for its crew are already underway.india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 11:43 IST
Jagson airlines is in the process of tying up with leading foreign airlines as well as three-star, four-star and five-star hotel chains across India, to promote domestic inbound package tours for foreign tourists as well as NRIs, said its president and CEO Uttam Kumar Bose.
"We have already appointed general sales agents (GSAs) for these package tours in Germany, Italy, Holland, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan as well as Indonesia. We plan to tie up such arrangements in every country before we launch our service by May-end. Pricing of these packages will be worked out before we launch," Bose told Hindustan Times.
Jagson is also appointing GSAs in the United Kingdom and ASEAN, SAARC, GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries in the first phase, to be completed to coincide with the first flight of its domestic services. This will be followed by agreements in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, other parts of Europe and the Gulf. The move is in-step with its preparations to fly as a national carrier covering nine cities by the end of 2006, with the inaugural flight between Delhi and Bangalore by the end of May.
In the first phase, Jagson Airlines will cover the cities of Delhi, Bangalore, Patna, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaipur, Dibrugarh and Goa. In the second phase, while adding flights to these sectors, Jagson will extend its operations to Luc know and Kochi and, thereafter, to Hyderabad.
"There is a definite need among NRIs and foreign nationals travelling to India for a truly world-class domestic airline, which would offer them reliability and transparency in fares. Our objective is to reach out to them and help them book our flights even while they sit in their own countries.
It may sound unconventional to first appoint GSAs and set up global offices even before we operate nationally. But we are committed to reach out to and connecting every air traveller, from any part of the world travelling to India," he added.
The airline appears to be on schedule for the launch. Official sources have confirmed that training programmes for its crew are already underway.
Jagson has already finalised plans to purchase 20 Airbus A321 aircraft at an estimated value of $1.3 billion for its national domestic operations. It would also be the first low-cost airline in the country to offer a two-class configuration of economy class and executive economy class.
Getting ready Jagson Airlines will cover Delhi, Bangalore, Patna, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Goa in the first phase The airline has finalised plans to buy 20 Airbus A321 aircraft at a value of $1.3 billion for the domestic route Jagson would be the first low-cost airline to offer economy and executive class It is in the process of tying up with leading foreign airlines as well as three-star, four-star and five-star hotels in India.
First Published: Apr 11, 2006 11:43 IST