Another new startup airline is planning flights between the UK and India

Aug 25, 2021

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There’s another new startup airline planning to fly between the U.K. and India — and it’s already beginning to hire pilots in anticipation of its debut later this year.

Hans Airways, a low-cost carrier based in the U.K., has partnered with Swiss firm Resource Group for the hiring of flight crew for its fleet of Airbus A330 widebody jets. Securing captains and first officers is a necessary step before the airline can secure its U.K. Air Operator Certificate.

“It will allow the leadership team to focus on our launch preparations while at the same time filling the essential flight crew roles that we need,” Nathan Burkitt, director of flight operations and crew training at Hans Airways, said in a statement this week. 

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The airline is the latest to turn its attention to the U.K. and India travel corridor with its business plans. Flypop, another U.K.-based startup budget carrier with plans to connect the U.K. with India, also hopes to launch its first flights this year.

Hans Airways says it will be providing nonstop direct flights to India from Britain when it launches. While it has not issued an official day for its debut, it will reportedly operate a proving flight in October, according to Simple Flying. Using its A330s with a two-class configuration, the startup will offer service from the U.K. to India’s secondary airports.

Much like Flypop, Hans Airways sees an opportunity in the U.K. to India market. And the opportunity has drawn nearer since India was recently bumped up to the U.K.’s amber list for travel. That classification makes travelling between the U.K. and India much easier if you’re fully vaccinated.

Featured image courtesy of Hans Airways. 


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