MDLR Airlines begins operations


Avro RJ70 G-CDNB

Avro RJ70 G-CDNB at Kemble prior to delivery to MDLR as VT-MDM (Richard Vandervord)

After several delays, new Avro RJ operator MDLR Airlines began operations on 27 April, with a round trip from Chandigarh to Delhi. The early morning departure and late afternoon returns are timed to allow a full day of work in the capital. The initial schedule will be extended to Ranchi on 3 May and then to Kolkatta on 16 May. The flight will then retrace its steps, arriving back at Chandigarh at 18:40. The airline is also planning to fly to Mumbai, Surat, Jaipur, and Bhavnagar. MDLR has taken delivery of two former Turkish Airlines RJ70s. VT-MDL (msn E1229 ex G-BUFI) arrived on 1 February, and VT-MDM (msn E1230 ex G-CDNB) on 24 April. They are configured with a two-class cabin. Unlike many new entrants, MDLR is a full-service rather than a low-cost airline. It has made much of the fact that it serves purely vegetarian food on board. The airline plans to acquire several more Avro RJs — possibly RJ100s. Indian regulations require all airlines to have a minimum fleet of five aircraft within a year of receiving their scheduled operator permit.

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