UK start-up airline, Hans Airways, has received its first aircraft, an Airbus A330-200.
The leased ex-Air Europa aircraft landed at Hans base at Birmingham where it will undergo modifications and proving flights.
The plan is to fly between secondary cities in the UK and India for which there is high demand.
Hans Airways plans to start up with a four times weekly service from Birmingham to Amritsar in North India. Amritsar is a major commercial and cultural centre in the heart of Punjab.
The A330 will have 298 seats in a two class layout.
- Economy class with a 31-inch seat pitch and 274 seats
- Premium Economy (called “Anand Plus”), offering a 56″ pitch and 24 seats.
The airline will offer high quality complementary inflight entertainment and catering as standard.
flypop to fly UK-India secondary routes
Another UK startup, flypop, plans to start flights between London Stansted and India later this summer. flypop plans to operate three Aibus A330-300 aircraft to secondary Indian cities, including: Chandigarh , Hyderabad, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Goa, Kolkata and Kochi.
Unlike Hans Airways, flypop plans to offer a basic fare and then passengers pay for anything else as extra.
UK- India flights
Four scheduled airlines fly directly between the UK and India:
British Airways (BA) : LHR – Delhi (2 daily), Mumbai (2 daily), Bengaluru (1 daily), Chennai (1 daily), Hyderabad (1 daily)
Virgin Atlantic (VS) : LHR – Delhi and Mumbai
Vistara (UK) : LHR – Delhi (2 a week)
N.B. Image credit: Hans Airways