Pushpaka Aviation

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Pushpaka Aviation Pvt. Ltd. is an air charter company based in Mumbai, India. It operates a fleet of helicopters from its base at Juhu Aerodrome in Mumbai. It is involved primarily in crop dusting, aerial seeding,[1] and fleet maintenance in addition to its chartered passenger operations.

History[edit]

The company was started in 1969 by Mr. H.P. Rao, with three Bell 47G-5 helicopters to undertake agricultural crop spraying in India, whilst taking advantage of the subsidies offered to the farming community by the Government.[2] It was the first private company in India to start scheduled international passenger flights as an associate of the national carrier Air India from 1979 to 1983.

Pushpaka Airlines[edit]

Pushpaka Airlines, the airline division of Pushpak Aviation, began providing passenger and freight charter services from Mumbai to the Persian Gulf.[3] It operated as an associate of the National carrier Air India using two Sud Aviation Caravelle-6N aircraft, purchased from Indian Airlines in 1978.[4] Operations began initially as cargo services between Sharjah and Mumbai and were later expanded to carry passengers as well. The airline ceased functioning in June 1983.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aerial seeding to enhance green cover in Mumbai". Sify. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scheduled International Passenger Airline". Pushpaka Aviation. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "World Airline Directory". Flight Global. 2 April 1983. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pushpaka Aviation Pvt. Ltd.". Pushpaka Aviation. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  5. ^ India today, Volume 8. Retrieved 11 July 2012.