The company is launching scheduled business jet flights between Mumbai and Bengaluru and helicopter services from Juhu airport to industrial towns such as Vapi and Tarapur. The flights on the Mumbai-Bengaluru route will be operated by an aircraft between 6 and 14 seats, depending on the bookings.
“These will essentially be flights with luxuries of a business Jet flight but with a schedule. So, a passenger will not have to be at the airport two hours before the flight and will be saving time in Bengaluru too because our flight will be landing at the old airport in Bengaluru that is within the city,” Kanika Tekriwal, founder of SkyShuttle told ET. SkyShuttle is fully owned by JetSetGo – founded by Tekriwal and has cricketer Yuvraj Singh as its investor.
Fliers on the Mumbai-Bengaluru sector will soon be able to reach the airport just 15 mins before the flight departure time and land at the older airport in Bengaluru provided they are ready to shell out a little extra. The company is also launching helicopter services from Juhu airport in Mumbai to industrial towns like Vapi and Tarapur.
While the fare to Bengaluru will cost between Rs 16,000 and Rs 38,000 per passenger, helicopter flights will cost up to Rs 35,000 per passenger.
Analysts say that there is market for flights in this segment but the pricing has to be right. “The pricing will be key on these flights to attract business class passengers of a commercial airliner. A business class passenger would easily give up to 50% more than the business class fares for the incentives that these flights offer. Actors or cricketers or businessmen can be probable on these flights and I expect top 20% of the total business class passengers to be their probable passengers,” said Sharat Dhall, COO, B2C at Yatra.com, India’s second largest online travel portal.
Tekriwal said that SkyShuttle has an investment of about Rs 12 crore from its promoters for the first three months and is looking at various other routes to expand.
“We plan to launch two more sectors in November and are exploring Bangalore– Cuddapa, Chennai-Madurai and Kolkata–Jamshedpur routes,” she said.
She added that the company, eventually, plans to launch vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. “With SkyShuttle, we are attempting to understand the way customer travel. What will they pay and infrastructure? Our aim is to transit to VTOL’s hopefully,” she further said.
Notably, taxi aggregator Uber has also announced plans to start its ridesharing service Uber Air in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru by 2023. Uber has said that fares in the short term are likely to be around Rs 200 for a km, and the company believes it could fall to Rs 50 per km.
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