The maiden flight of city-based regional low cost carrier TruJet, part of Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd, took off from Hyderabad to Tirupati on Sunday.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the first commercial flight of TruJet, promoted by a group of investors including actor Ram Charan Teja, son of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi.
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The minister attended the candle-lighting ceremony at the Shamshabad Airport, Hyderabad on Sunday morning and flagged off the first flight to Tirupati to mark official launch of Trujet flight services, an official statement said.
Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and Telangana's Information Technology and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao attended the function.
Promoters of the company Ram Charan, Prem Kumar and V Umesh were among others who were present on the occasion.
The airliner has plans to acquire more aircraft and setting up a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility entailing an investment of Rs 500 crore as it also plans to gradually add new destinations.
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The company has a fleet of two ATR 72-500 aircraft leased from an Irish company.