India’s Star Air commences Embraer E175 operations

A Star Air Embraer E175 taxis to the runway.
Photo Credit: Star Air

Indian regional airline Star Air has now commenced revenue flight services with its first E175 aircraft, following the completion of DGCA proving flights last week.

The first operational flight took place on 13 May, with Star Air’s dual-class E175 flying from Bangalore-Hyderabad-Jamnagar-Bangalore.

Star Air has now leased four Embraer E175 jets, which will further boost its existing fleet of five ERJ 145s, providing the airline greater flexibility and efficiency as it grows its network.

The airline operates services to multiple destinations across the country, most of which are part of the UDAN scheme. Notably, Star Air is the first airline to offer business class seats on regional routes.

Proving flight

Last week, Star Air completed the successful proving flight for its newly acquired Embraer E175 aircraft.

Flight S5 170 departed Bengaluru International Airport at 13:42 hrs on May 9, 2023 and landed at Hyderabad International Airport an hour and fourteen minutes later.

The return flight S5 171 then departed Hyderabad at 17:03 hrs and landed back at Bengaluru at 18:45 hrs.

The proving flight was conducted by a team of highly experienced pilots and engineers, along with DGCA officials who thoroughly tested the aircraft’s performance and systems.

The assessment also covered the airline’s procedures, SoPs and compliance with regulatory requirements.

The flight demonstration covers all aspects of flight such as takeoff, climb, cruise, descent and landing, and various flight modes.

The objective is to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities in different scenarios, as well as operational preparedness of ground teams in dealing regular operations as well as contingencies.

Photo Credit: Star Air

About the Embraer E175

The Embraer E175 is a state-of-the-art regional jet with advanced technology, exceptional fuel efficiency, and a spacious cabin that can comfortably accommodate up to 76 passengers.

The aircraft is equipped with advanced avionics, including fly-by-wire controls and a glass cockpit, which provide a high level of safety and operational efficiency.

Powered by GE CF34-8E engines, the Embraer E175 sets the standard in terms of reliability and performance in the regional jet segment, with a flying range of 2,200 nautical miles.

The E175 boasts a dual-class cabin configuration with no middle seats, providing best-in-class legroom for passengers.

The establishment of this new aircraft in Bangalore represents a significant milestone for regional carrier Star Air.

About Star Air

Star Air, the aviation arm of Sanjay Ghodawat Group is a regional airline based in Bengaluru, India having commenced commercial flight operations in January 2019.

The airline has a stated deep focus on providing affordable and convenient travel options to its passengers in-line with its motto of ‘Connecting Real India.’

The airline currently operates a fleet of 5 Embraer E145 and 4 Embraer E175 aircraft from its two operational bases, Bengaluru Airport (BLR) and Belagavi Airport (IXG) to 16 destinations across India that include:

Ahmedabad, Ajmer (Kishangarh), Indore, Jodhpur, Kalaburagi, Mumbai, Surat, Tirupati, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhuj, Bidar and Kolhapur.

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