Star Air has received the first of four E175 family aircraft it has leased for the second half of 2022. On February 8, 2023, the airline made the announcement via its social media platforms.
The aircraft’s registration is OY-YEE (msn 17000782). OY-YEE was built in 2019 and flew for Belavia (B2, Minsk National) before being retired in November 2021. Nordic Aviation Capital leases the aircraft to Star Air.
In 2019, Star Air began operating domestic passenger flights with a single EMB-145LR. Since then, it has grown to five aircraft, including four E145LRs and one EMB-145LI. The airline offers flights to 18 locations in India. The airline announced its expansion aspirations during the 2022 Farnborough Air Show by signing a formal letter of intent to dry lease two Nordic E175 aircraft.
The aircraft will be re-registered after it lands in India, according to a spokeswoman for Star Aviation (India), which is ferrying OY-YEE there this week.
Star Air also announced via social media platforms at the beginning of January that they would take two more E175s. The carrier’s main operating regions in India are the south and east. Both the itineraries and the launch date of the plane have not been made public by Star Air.
The other E175 that was given to Star Air has the serial number 17000782 and also flew until November 2021 with Belavia. The Embraer aircraft travelled to Poland as well after stopping at Portugal’s Alverca Aerodrome.
On Thursday, the 16th, the E175 with registration number OY-YEE departed from Bydgoszcz, stopped in Muscat, and then flew on to Bengaluru, the home base of Star Air.
With the entry into service of the E175, which provides roughly 70% more seats than the ERJ 145, the new Indian carrier, which operates regional flights out of southern India, is anticipated to significantly expand its network.
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