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July 14, 2008 16:16 IST

Private jet and charter plane service provider Airnetz Aviation has launched an online charter arrangement service to enable customers to hire aircraft easily.

"With an online request on a customer can instantly find out the approximate pricing and then request for charter of an aircraft," Aitrnetz Aviation chief executive officer Atul Khekade said on Monday.

"Once we receive the request, we check for availability of the service from the nearest place and then the chartered flight is booked based on the final price accepted," Khekade said.

The company expects to book over 30,000 charter flights through the online service by 2011, he said.

Khekade pins his hopes on 10-12,000 travel agents pan India to achieve this target.

A five per cent commission would be given to travel agents for each flight booked.

"We expect some 5 million queries by 2011 through the portal, and a good chunk of these queries is likely to translate into actual business," he said.

The company plans to invest $5 million into its online business to take this service global, Khekade said.

Airnetz has a fleet of around 100 aircraft in the country and provides connectivity to nearly 300 airports.

Khekade said the helicopter and turbo-prop segments had witnessed a 25-30 per cent growth over the last three months.

"Rising aviation turbine fuel prices have affected the big jet charter business adversely but the helicopter and turbo-prop segments have clocked a 25-30 per cent growth in the last three months," Khekade said.

Today, helicopter and turbo-prop charter services constitute as much as 70 per cent of the total business volume industry wide, he said.

"These services are being mainly availed by top executives of mid-sized companies who hire a helicopter or a turbo-prop to visit their manufacturing plants in non-metro cities," he said.

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