TruJet is an Indian regional airline based at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.

TruJet
TruJet logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
2T [1] TRJ[1] TRUJET [2]
Founded14 March 2013
Commenced operations12 July 2015
HubsRajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad)
Secondary hubs
Fleet size7
Destinations21
Parent companyTurbo Megha Airways Pvt. Ltd.[5]
HeadquartersHyderabad, Telangana, India
Key peopleRam Charan[6] (Chairman)
  • Colonel LSN Murty (CEO)
Websitewww.trujet.com

HistoryEdit

Turbo Megha Airways Private Limited was incorporated on March 14, 2013 with Ram Charan and Vankayalapati Umesh as promoters,[5] with the backing of 20 investors.[7] The company planned to operate ATR aircraft primarily aimed at pilgrims and middle class travellers to destinations like Tirupati.[8] The airline obtained a No Objection Certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation on 21 July 2014.[9] In August 2014, the promoters initiated negotiations to sell a majority stake in the airline to Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) in order to fund their operations.[10] MEIL holds 90 per cent stake in the airline.[11]

The airline adopted the brand name TruJet in February 2015.[12][13] TruJet received its air operator's certificate for regional operations from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on 7 July 2015.[14] The airline commenced operations on 12 July with a flight from its Hyderabad hub to Tirupati.[15][8] The airline's Air Operators Permit (AOP) was changed to the scheduled commuter operator (SCO) category by the DGCA in May 2017, allowing the carrier to operate flights to other regions of India under the government's UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme.[16]

From 12 July 2020, five out of seven ATR aircraft operated by TruJet were grounded by lessors due unpaid dues.[17]

On 1 April 2021, Trujet announced that US firm Interups had purchased a 49% stake in the company. Laxmi Prasad, the chairman of Interups stated in an interview to the online business site Moneycontrol “We plan to expand services to the length and breadth of the country, overseas, and get into segments such as cargo, private charters, and helicopter ambulance services. We will be operating at full scale.”[18]

Interups' new investment plan would involve the purchase of narrow body aircraft such as the Airbus A220 and the Embraer E-Series .[18]

DestinationsEdit

As of June 2021, TruJet flies to the following destinations:[19][20]

Airport City State Notes Refs
Kadapa Airport Kadapa Andhra Pradesh
Rajahmundry Airport Rajahmundry
Tirupati Airport Tirupati
Vijayawada Airport Vijayawada
Dabolim Airport Dabolim Goa Terminated
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport Ahmedabad Gujarat Hub
Kandla Airport Kandla
Porbandar Airport Porbandar
Belgaum Airport Belgaum Karnataka
Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru
Bidar Airport Bidar [21]
Mysore Airport Mysuru
Jindal Vijaynagar Airport Vidyanagar
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airportstyle="background: #EDF; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="dropped table-dropped"|Terminated Indore Madhya Pradesh
Aurangabad Airportstyle="background: #EDF; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="dropped table-dropped"|Terminated Aurangabad Maharashtra
Jalgaon Airport Jalgaon
Kolhapur Airport Kolhapur
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai
Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Airport Nanded
Nashik Airport Nashik
Jaisalmer Airport Jaisalmer Rajasthan
Chennai International Airport Chennai Tamil Nadu Hub
Coimbatore International Airport Coimbatore Terminated
Salem Airport Salem
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad Telangana Hub

FleetEdit

As of January 2020, TruJet operates the following aircraft:[7][22]

TruJet fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 6 78
ATR 72-600 2 70 [23]
Total 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "TruJet". ch-aviation. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ "JO 7340.2G Contractions" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 5 January 2017. pp. 3–1–101. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Trujet dismisses disruption of services as minor glitch, says will add two new bases | Hyderabad News - Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Trujet to double fleet, takes it to 10 ATRs; adds 10 more destinations by end of 2019". The Hindu BusinessLine. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Trujet to add three more aircraft, will invest Rs 500 crore". Deccan Chronicle. 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ "TURBO MEGHA AIRWAYS PRIVATE LIMITED - Company, directors and contact details - Zauba Corp". www.zaubacorp.com.
  7. ^ a b T. E., Narasimhan (29 July 2015). "Trujet builds a budget brand". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b Reddy, U. Sudhakar (14 February 2015). "Ram Charan's airlines to start services from April". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (22 July 2014). "Ramcharan Tej forays into airline biz". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Megha Airways looks to sell majority stake". The Economic Times. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ "TruJet mulls IPO after 3 years; expects Rs 600 Cr topline by FY22". The Economic Times. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  12. ^ "India's Turbo Megha Airways to become TruJet on launch". ch-aviation. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  13. ^ Kesireddy, Raji (19 February 2015). "Turbo Megha Airways may start regional airline TruJet in 2 months, post final approval". The Economic Times. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ "With DGCA nod, Trujet becomes the latest to enter domestic skies". The Indian Express. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  15. ^ "India's TruJet commences operations". ch-aviation. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Turbo Megha Airways gets AOC to expand UDAN flights to Mumbai, Shirdi". The Economic Times. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  17. ^ "End of runway for TruJet". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  18. ^ a b "India's Trujet to buy 54 A220s, 54 E2s, says new investor". ch-aviation. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  19. ^ "By 2020, Nashik likely to be one of India's busiest airports". Freepressjournal : Latest Indian news,Live updates. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  20. ^ "TruJet Schedule" (PDF). www.trujet.com. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  21. ^ "TruJet Bidar to Bangalore flight". TruJet. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 16.
  23. ^ "Trujet introduces its first brand new ATR 72-600" (Press release). ATR. 23 December 2016. Retrieved 25 December 2016.

External linksEdit

  Media related to TruJet at Wikimedia Commons