Millennium Airlines to strengthen wings
Millennium Airlines will invest $ 2-3 million on a Bell 407,
six-seater helicopter this year, said Millennium Airlines, Vice
Chairman, Suren R. Mirchandani. He said that the helicopter will carry
six passengers in VIP ‘club seating’ configuration and added that it
will be the most advanced civilian helicopter in the country.
Millennium Airlines formerly known as Deccan Aviation was the first
domestic airline to commence operations in 2004 following the ban on
domestic air operations imposed in 1995 due to security reasons, being
lifted.Mirchandani said that since then Millennium Airlines has grown to
be a leading domestic airline operator with the longest experience as an
air service provider.
“We are the only airline which operates all types of aircraft such as
helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and sea planes”, he said.Millennium
Airlines is the only charter operator to all domestic and international
airports in the country.
“We operate to all waterways in the country and to over 400
helipads,” Mirchandani said.
Millennium Airlines has flown over 26,000 passengers to-date. It
operates flights to the South and from the South to the hill country
which takes over seven hours to travel by road.
Mirchandani said that there has been a steady increase in demand for
services since 2004. The Millennium Airlines passengers comprise foreign
and corporate travellers.
The airline has operated 100 flights a year to Galle and around 50 to
the hill country.
Millennium Airlines which is a joint venture with Millennium Aero
Singapore is a company of the Favourite Group. It operates under the
trade name Simplifly.
Operation of State-owned airlines is a major challenge to private
airline operators. Private air service operators cannot compete with the
low-cost services provided by the State.
“There should be a level playing field between the private and public
sector to develop the industry,” he said.