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Air Costa to place orders for 25 E190 & 25 E195

Old Feb 13, 14, 7:42 pm
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Air Costa to place orders for 25 E190 & 25 E195

http://profit.ndtv.com/news/industri...=home-business

Air Costa announces its orders 25 E190 E2 & 25 E195 E2 as well. This will be first Embraer in India.

This is brand new airline in India.
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Old Feb 14, 14, 12:44 am
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i'm still unsure how well they will do....they seem to be targeting the non-metro cities which is good....
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Old Feb 17, 14, 7:23 am
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The non-metro cities they are targeting already have service. They are not flying to any new city which does not have service. And some of the cities which are yet to be served are so small, probably cannot even fill a CRJ or EMB. May be a 30 seater turbo prop is the best they can handle economically.

India has too many carriers chasing the same routes and the competition is fierce and I doubt they can be profitable, when others are not, except Indigo. And now with Air Asia and the Tata Airline soon to start flying, it will get even more competitive.
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Old Feb 17, 14, 11:37 am
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Sounds like a flying coffee shop.
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Old Feb 17, 14, 2:04 pm
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I think there is going to be another batch of airlines going down.
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Old Jun 25, 14, 6:29 am
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Has anyone flown them? I have a short trip coming up. I am tempted to book Air Costa, partially because I like to collect airlines, and also because the prices are low.
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Old Jun 25, 14, 11:28 am
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Has anyone flown them? I have a short trip coming up. I am tempted to book Air Costa, partially because I like to collect airlines, and also because the prices are low.
I flew them early this month on the HYD-MAA segment. Flight was operated by an E170 bird, which was clean and tidy. Flight pushed-back 5 minutes before schedule, landed about 15 minutes before schedule!

Crew was professional and it was a nice change to spot a few genuine smiles in the sky.

The aircrafts they operate, were earlier used by GulfAir. Their crew is dressed in exact the same attire as that of KFA, except its color. I didn't bother with the buy-on-board F&B as I had access to the Plaza Lounge @ HYD.

They only thing they can improve upon is the leg-space between the seates, but thats an issue with all LCC's. Their website is simple and effective. One can select a seat about 48 hours prior to departure, but OLCI isn't available yet.

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except Indigo?

Is Indigo profitable? They have been remarkably tight-lipped when the media has pressed them for figures. Persistence will get you a "not required to reveal figures by law" response!

It is my assesment, and that of others in the industry that Indigo CANNOT be making money at their current fares and cost structures. Their promoters are clearly hoping to make a killing in their upcoming IPO after which....! In more ways than one, Indigo is the new avatar of Kingfisher!

Puffery and PR games are the latest thing here in india - in business and elsewhere!
Indigo makes profit before their birds fly- Thanks to their formula of Sale & Lease-back. What makes it even better is the fact that all these amounts are USD denominated. Add to it the 'Pilot Hire-ing' course they operate, where-in you pay them so that they can employ you.

Now you know how they can afford to offer low fares..!!
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Old Jun 26, 14, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by leonidas View Post
Has anyone flown them? I have a short trip coming up. I am tempted to book Air Costa, partially because I like to collect airlines, and also because the prices are low.
I flew them a couple of months ago too, also on HYD-MAA.

Unfortunately, my experience was less good, as the flight had a 4-hour delay, which then turned into a 5-hour delay (due entirely to built-up delays). The less experienced ground staff weren't good at dealing with the handful of irate customers.

On the positive side, though... The check-in staff were extremely apologetic that their systems hadn't been able to contact me in advance due to the international mobile number, and offered to escort me out of the terminal so I could get something decent for dinner. They warned me not to go into town due to the traffic but hey, I like a challenge, so spent a few hours round the Charminar, enjoying the food and the Friday night atmosphere.

Checked in and went airside, where things were basically closing up. The flight eventually boarded, after many very irate passengers complained to the young gate agent.

As part of their standard procedure, one of the ground crew stood by the gate wishing "Happy Flying" to passengers as they boarded the bus, while (poor guy) receiving looks of daggers in return. It reminded me slightly of "Come Fly with Me" (if you know that BBC programme...)

The plane itself was OK - comfortable if a little unloved - with legroom in the mid-range for what you get on e-Jets (less than BA, more than KLM, as those are my reference points).

Arrival in MAA was smooth enough - not least because we were pretty much the only people in the airport... Thankfully the prepay taxi counter was still open.

I understand that they had a lot of teething problems with timing, not least because their flights tend to be A-B-C, with minimal time on the ground in B (HYD, in my case). But they seem to be getting a handle on this, which is good.
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Old Sep 5, 14, 7:30 am
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Thumbs up AirCosta - Regional Airlines offer tickets for 991

Air Costa, South India regional airlines offering tickets from Rs.991.

Flight operating from BLR HYD and many other local destinations for as low as 991/- Sale only for 99 hours starting 12 noon, 5th Sep.

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Old Sep 5, 14, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by powerofmiles View Post
Air Costa, South India regional airlines offering tickets from Rs.991.

Flight operating from BLR HYD and many other local destinations for as low as 991/- Sale only for 99 hours starting 12 noon, 5th Sep.

You can read more on my post at powerofmiles dot com
I think it is 999/- off.
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Old Sep 5, 14, 10:41 am
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I looked for multiple options from BLR and found one way ticket from BLR to HYD for 991/- i.e for 28th Oct, 2014. Air Costa flies to 9 Indian cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Madurai, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and the booking window for the offer will remain open from September 5 (12 noon) to September 9 (3 pm).
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Old Sep 6, 14, 6:48 am
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is it inr 991 (or inr 999) ai or is the tax amount extra????
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Old Sep 6, 14, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
is it inr 991 (or inr 999) ai or is the tax amount extra????
The offer is TOtal fare - Rs. 999 /-
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Old Sep 6, 14, 11:33 am
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Mind it, it is Rs.999/- off on discounted fare offer but not Rs.999/- all inclusive offer. It is just another way of airlines endeavor, to come up with exiting value offers for flyers. I did a random fare search and found BLR-HYD ( all inclusive ) fare for as low as Rs.991/-.

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Old Aug 4, 16, 2:30 am
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Air Costa - Operations Suspended?

According to the Economic Times both airlines have cancelled all flights for indefinite period.

http://bit.ly/2awH77f


A while ago both airlines were talking of grandiose expansion plans...

Wonder what protection Indian law offers for ticket refunds in such events when booked via OTA's

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