Pawan Hans to expand chopper services under UDAN scheme in three NE states

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Guwahati, April 12: In a bid to start services under the regional air connectivity scheme, Pawan Hans, a premium helicopter service provider under Government of India has reportedly planned to expand its fleet by leasing eight more helicopters by August.

As per sources, the five states where it would start UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) services are Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

According to reports, Pawan Hans which is a joint venture between the government and state-owned ONGC, currently has a 42 helicopters in its fleet. 11 routes across the five states were bagged by the company in the second round of bidding under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

An official of the Pawan Hans Company informed the media that in order to start the RCS services, infrastructure and commercial systems have to be developed as it would be working as an airline.

Reportedly, during the second round of bidding under the RCS, 11 out of 17 routes were won by Pawan Hans.

It may be mentioned that, RCS which is also known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) seeks to connect under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable.