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Air Sahara keen to fly to Europe

Devidas Gupta in Colombo | March 23, 2004 15:20 IST

Buoyed by its first flight to Sri Lanka, Air Sahara, India's leading private airline, is negotiating with a couple of European airlines for a tie-up to begin international flights to various other destinations.

The airline is seeking permission from the Indian government to allow it to bring wide-bodied aircraft for operating flights to European countries.

Air Sahara, which became the first private airline in India to launch an international flight to Colombo from Chennai on Monday night, "is committed to make itself a carrier of masses," its chief executive officer Uttam Kumar Bose told in Colombo on Tuesday. "Currently in India, only one per cent of the people travel by air and our efforts will be to make it an airline of the masses," Bose, who travelled by the first flight to Colombo along with the media and passengers, said.

Keeping in mind the necessity of alliances being witnessed world over, Bose said that Air Sahara already had a pact with Cathay Pacific and was having discussions with a couple of European airlines and was hopeful of clinching a deal with them.

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