Indian regional airline, Star Air has received delivery of its third Embraer ERJ175 aircraft. The airline few days ago has put the 2nd aircraft into operational use.
Star Air 3rd Embraer ERJ175
Yesterday, Star Air Embraer ERJ 175 was ferried from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport. The aircraft range restricts it to fly directly to India. Hence, the aircraft took 2 fuel stops at Hurghada International Airport and Muscat International Airport.
The 3rd Embraer E175 is a 10.9 years old airframe. Belarusian carrier Belavia operated the airframe for 9 years. The aircraft has Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 17000352. Belavia Airlines received delivery of this aircraft in October 2012 as EW-341PO. The airline operated the aircraft till 2021. It was withdrawn from use in November 2021. From Nov 2021 to March 2022, it was parked at Baku International Airport. The inclusion of this aircraft in Star Air fleet takes the number of aircraft to 8.
After this, it was ferried to Alverca and parked there until March 21, 2023. The aircraft has now been ferried to India. Star Air will retain the aircraft interiors. Belavia operated the aircraft with 12 Business class and 64 Economy class seats. Star Air will operate the aircraft in same configuration.
One more to go
This delivery is a part of the Sale and Leaseback agreement signed between Star Air and Nordic Aviation Capital. Nordic Aviation Capital is a Denmark based lessor, which signed an agreement to deliver 4 E175s to Star Air. Initially, the agreement was for 2 ERJs but Star Air later expanded it to 4.
Nordic Aviation Capital has delivered 3 Embraer ERJ 175s. The other 2 have Indian registration – VT-GSI and VT-GSJ. Star Air has deployed these aircraft between Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Jamnagar and Pune. With this delivery, the airline will await the delivery of 1 final Embraer ERJ175.
Recently, Star Air signed a pool program services agreement with Embraer for its expanding Embraer fleet. This agreement includes component exchanges and repair services for the Embraer ERJ175 fleet. The airline aims to have a fleet of 20-25 aircraft in next 5 years. Director Shrenik Ghodawat in an interview to Financial Express said that the airline has been operationally profitable.
Source Credits : Planespotters