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Friday, November 03, 2006

Paramount Airways to start service from Tuticorin

Paramount Airways proposed to expand its fleet from the present five to 20 by 2009-end, airways managing director M Thiagarajan said here today.

Announcing the acquisition of the fifth Embraer aircraft and putting it on air from today, Thiagarajan told reporters that with the arrival of the new aircraft, the airways would be operating to a total of 48 flights per day carrying 3,500 passengers.

Asked how the company proposed to fund the acquisition of new aircraft, he said 70 per cent would be through own funding and equity and balance through borrowings from international funding organisations. Around 500 million US dollars would be needed for purchasing the aircraft, he added.

He said within a short time, the airways would be covering Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati and would operate one more flight on the Chennai - Hyderabad sector taking the total to four flights per day.

From November 8, it proposed to operate services on the Bangalore - Chennai sector and from November 18, it proposed to operate one flight on the Coimbatore - Hyderabad sector and two flights on the Chennai - Thiruvananthapuram sector.

Thiagarajan said the carrier was also planning to operate flights from Tiruchirapalli. "We are also planning to cover Tuticorin and Salem," he added.

To a question, he said the Airports Authority of India had given the airways 10,000 sq ft space for a hangar, which would soon come at the airport here.

Source: Chennai Online


Ranjan Singh said...


When Paramount Airways was introduced, every one might have been exited that for the first time airline based out of Tamil Nadu was started. There was also expectation that the aviation sector in Tamil Nadu would improve. For a long time Bangalore was the only headquarters for all airline. TamilNadu was a desert of aviation enterprise ever since Air Asiatic wound up.

There was also reports of Tamil newspapers inflight abort Paramount, which would have attracted exitement in the emotional TN market.

To tell the truth Paramount Airways is no different from they claim to be. They are just part of the Hindi-speaking herd which are based in Tamil Nadu only in name.

THeir vacancies within Tamil Nadu DO NOT care for knowledge of Tamil but require Hindi. Speaking Tamil is considered shameful in India's aviation industry. Speaking Hindi is actual considered good etiquette. Paramount Airways has also shown this preference.

They barely link 3 of the busiest airports in Tamil Nadu, which others like Air Deccan have already been doing.

The only thing Paramount Airways is unique is that they are the most expensive.

To sum it up, being an expensive airline which at the end of the day you get the usual English and Hindi only treatment, you would rather pick others for less.

Yes, it is great Paramount Airways are going to be all over India - except Tamil Nadu (Tuticorin is not yet connected yet)

Anonymous said...


The Airport Authority of India has restricted to the use of Tamil in airports across Tamil Nadu. This is due to the fact the communication gap being faced by the Hindi-speaking security staff. The local Tamils are also compelled to talk only in Hindi.

All local persons requiring employment at Chennai and other Tamil Nadu airports will need to clear Hindi proficiency exams.

It should be noted that in 1998 DMK issued statements mandating the use of Tamil. In 2006, the pre-election manifesto of the DMK of Tamil annoucements. However the removal of Tamil annoucements in Chennai domestic airport coupled with mandating Hindi and preference to Hindi-speaker for airport jobs leaves the local public unhappy.

There is also perception of neglect of Tamil Nadu airports by A.A.I. Salem airport in central Tamil Nadu was built at a cost of 15 crores but has never seen flights. Ironically the present shutdown of the Chennai airport had nothing to do with the bad aviation situation in Tamil Nadu, but rather the problems elsewhere in Bangalore and Hyderabad.

In southern reqions of Yervadi, Naanguneri, Karaikal, from where there are large labourers in both the Gulf and Southest Asia people have to travel all the way to Sri Lanka, Madras or Kerala to board flights.

Tamil Nadu government also promotes Hosur with a picture of an airport 45 km away in Bangalore, which will now increase to more than 100km. It is a matter of time whether TamilNadu realizes the necessity of an airport to cover the industrialized Dharmapuri region instead of depending on Karnataka to serve the region.

With the present control of TN airports on the hands of Airport Authority of India (A.A.I.), there is diminished hope of TN aviation going any further. With the ban of the Tamil language in Chennai and other domestic airport within Tamilnadu and Hindi being condition for employment, one can see that the pre-election campaign of Tamil annoucements and the later airport proposals are mere publicity campaigns. It is a matter of time whether the state forms its aviation agency (similar to something mooted in Karnataka).

Anonymous said...

what a Joke 20 aircrafts by 2009? its 2010 now and paramount is left with 2 aircrats as 3 of its fleet is grounded for non payment of lease. Paramount Airways is famous for not making payments. Be it transport or catering or fuel or its own employees. Did you know paramount airways has not even paid Income Tax for its employees for last 2 years. And declares profit in the media.