MDLR grounded

Indian Avro RJ70 operator MDLR Airlines suspended operations on 5 October. India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a show-cause notice in mid-September to the airline after several safety violations were identified during a recent audit. Although the airline’s fleet includes three RJ70s, all on lease from BAE Systems, only one has been operating recently. Another (VT-MDN msn E1252) is at Bacău for a C check, and the third has been grounded because of the lack of several critical spare parts. MDLR’s CEO, Koustav Dhar, recently claimed the airline would add a fourth RJ70 in October and an RJ85 in early December, and that it was negotiating for a further RJ85 to be delivered next year. Previous announcements of fleet expansion have not been borne out, however.

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