Mah Govt to appoint pvt agencies to hire aircraft, choppers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2017 12:52:36


May 5,

(PTI) ,

THE Maharashtra Government has decided to appoint two private aviation companies to assist it in hiring aircraft and helicopters on rental basis. The decision came after a Government Resolution issued by General Administration Department (GAD) here cited non-availability of government aircraft at times of sudden travel by VVIPs in the state and the urgent need to hire small aircraft or helicopters.

The hourly rates for hiring 6 to 15 seater aircraft and 5 to 10 seater helicopters quoted in the GR ranges between Rs 99,999 per hour for Super King Air B200 aircraft to Rs 1,78,500 per hour for a Agusta 109E helicopter.

The GAD stated that a public e-tender has been called for the purpose of hiring private sector aviation agencies for the said purpose. It further said an Empowered Committee headed by State Chief Secretary in its meeting on March 14, 2017 had debated on the need for fixing a private agency for hiring small aircraft and helicopters for air travel of VVIPs in the state.

The GR empowers the State Directorate of Aviation to enter into agreements with two private aviation agencies. The duration of these agreements should be for two years between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

As per the GR, the Government has identified 22 types of small aeroplanes for hiring with a seating capacity ranging between 6 to 15 persons which also includes air ambulances. These 22 small seater aircraft include – Falcon 2000, Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Challenger 850, Hawker 900, Hawker 800, Hawker 800XP, Citation XL (2004),