Air Pegasus

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Air Pegasus
Air Pegasus Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
OP[1] PPL[1] PEGASUS[2]
Founded2014
Commenced operations12 April 2015
Ceased operations27 July 2016
HubsKempegowda International Airport (Bangalore)
Fleet size3 (July 2016)
Destinations8 (May 2016)
Parent companyDecor Aviation
HeadquartersBangalore, Karnataka, India
Key peopleShyson Thomas (MD)
Websitewww.airpegasus.in

Air Pegasus was an Indian regional airline headquartered in Bangalore and based at Kempegowda International Airport. The airline was a subsidiary of Decor Aviation, an aircraft ground-handling services company. It commenced operations on 12 April 2015 with its inaugural flight between Bangalore and Hubli. The airline suspended operations on 27 July 2016, facing financial difficulties. At that time, Air Pegasus was serving eight airports across South India with a hub at Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, using a fleet of three ATR 72-500 aircraft. Their flying licence was suspended by DGCA on 22 November 2016. Managing director Shyson Thomas stated in late 2017 that Air Pegasus would return to the skies in early 2018, as the company has formed a relationship with Dawn Aviation and is about to settle all of its debts.

History[edit]

Air Pegasus took delivery of its first ATR 72 aircraft in September 2014.[3] It received its Air Operators Permit (AOP) on 24 March 2015 and subsequently commenced operations from 12 April 2015 with its inaugural flight from Bangalore to Hubli.[4][5][6]

The airline suspended operations on 27 July 2016, claiming the suspension was temporary and due to technical issues.[7][8] However, the problems were later revealed to be financial in nature. Aircraft lessors approached the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to deregister their three aircraft leased to Air Pegasus after the airline defaulted on rental payment.[9] Air Pegasus agreed to pay back 50% of its dues to the lessors and said it would pay the remaining in instalments once flights resume.[10]

Air Pegasus' deal with the lessors collapsed,[11] and the DGCA deregistered the airline's entire fleet in October 2016.[12] At the end of the month, however, Air Pegasus managing director Shyson Thomas stated that he was working to obtain an ATR 72 and to resume flights by 15 November.[11]

On 5 October 2016, DGCA issued a show cause notice to Air Pegasus, asking why its AOP should not be suspended for its failure to carry out operations. The regulator had given 15 days for the regional carrier to respond to its notice. As the carrier failed to give assurance on resumption of its operation, DGCA suspended their flying licence on 22 November 2016.[13]

In early 2017, Air Pegasus attempted to work with another airline that had not yet begun operations, FlyEasy; the latter company would buy a 74% stake in Air Pegasus. However, Air Pegasus did not receive the appropriate funds, and the deal collapsed.[14] Towards the end of the year, Thomas announced that Air Pegasus had entered into cooperation with Dawn Aviation, which would take a 60% stake in the airline. He also stated that the company's previous debts were close to being settled. Thomas expects to resume flights in the first quarter of 2018 using leased ATR 72-500s.[14]

Destinations[edit]

An Air Pegasus ATR 72 at Kempegowda Airport in December 2015

In May 2016, Air Pegasus was flying to the following destinations in India:[15]

State City Airport Notes
Karnataka Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport Hub[6]
Karnataka Hubli Hubli Airport
Karnataka Mangalore Mangalore International Airport
Kerala Kochi Cochin International Airport
Kerala Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum International Airport
Tamil Nadu Chennai Chennai International Airport
Tamil Nadu Madurai Madurai Airport

Fleet[edit]

Ch-aviation reported in December 2017 that Air Pegasus had come into an agreement with a leasing company for the lease of a single ATR 72-500. The airline plans to obtain an additional two ATRs afterward in 2018 from Vietnam Airlines.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Air Pegasus". ch-aviation. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. ^ "JO 7340.2G Contractions" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 5 January 2017. p. 3-1-13. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  3. ^ "India's Air Pegasus takes delivery of first aircraft, an ATR72". ch-aviation. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Air Pegasus starts commercial operations". Live Mint. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ "About us". Decor Aviation. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Air Pegasus 3rd airline to take off from Bangalore". The Times of India. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  7. ^ Giriprakash, K (27 July 2016). "Air Pegasus suspends services, denies shutting down operations". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  8. ^ Chowdhury, Anirban; Mishra, Mihir (27 July 2016). "Regional airline Air Pegasus cancels flights indefinitely, cites technical glitch". The Economic Times. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Lessors approach DGCA to get 3 Air Pegasus planes deregistered". Business Standard. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Air Pegasus in talks with PE fund to restart operations". The Hindu Business Line. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b "India's Air Pegasus aims to resume ops by mid-4Q16". ch-aviation. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  12. ^ Phadnis, Ashwini; Giriprakash, K. (13 October 2016). "DGCA grounds entire Air Pegasus fleet for non-payment of lease money". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Flying licence of Air Pegasus suspended". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
  14. ^ a b c "India's Air Pegasus secures funding; to resume ops in 1Q18". ch-aviation. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Low cost airline Air Pegasus to scale up operation". The Economic Times. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Air Pegasus at Wikimedia Commons