Prayag starts heli-charter services in WB

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 12:37 hrs

Prayag Aviation, a business unit of Prayag Group, has introduced heli-charter services in Bengal.

With an investment of Rs. 100 Crore, Prayag Aviation will now offer High Networth Individuals (HNIs), corporates and other institutions charter services across locations in Bengal.

Prayag Aviation's will kick-start their operations with a new black Bell 407 Helicopter with a capacity of six passengers.

This powerful and sturdy machine powered by a Rolls-Royce 250-C47B engine and a maximum air speed of 140 knots will be operating at an altitude limit of 20,000 feet.

Starting from the Behala Flying Club/Dum Dum Airport, charter services will cost approximately Rs. 90000 an hour.

Commenting on the launch, Avik Bagchi, Managing Director, Prayag Group, said, "It has been the need of the hour to provide a continued and safe helicopter services.

"By virtue of a helicopter's versatility in quickly accessing remote locations, we expect a large demand coming from corporates. The primary requirement in this case is a quick turnaround time in fulfilling business assignments in the not-so-well connected areas."

He further said: "We have plans to expand our charter services to North Bengal and North East too. For people of Kolkata, we have plans to launch heli-tourism, which includes joy ride services and pilgrim tourism."

"Based on the demand we will expand our fleet with helicopters and small aeroplanes as well," said Bagchi.

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