|Anurag Jain's Blog|
Thursday, September 29, 2005
One more airline: Paramount Airways
Paramount Airways has started flying on Sep 24. Deploying Embraer jets (first time in use by an Indian civil aviation carrier), the airline plans to fly on Coimbatore-Delhi, Kochi-Delhi and Coimbatore-Chennai sectors. To the best of my knowledge, at 2hr50mins (Delhi-Coimbatore), and 3hrs (Kochi-Delhi) block time, these must be the longest direct (non-stop) flights in India! On the fares front, they are definitely not an LCC. Paramount started with inaugural fares for Coimbatore-Delhi of Rs 11,999, and Rs 13,000 for Kochi-Delhi. Currently, they are offering 'Flexi fares' starting Rs 7999. More at Paramount's website (http://www.paramountairways.com/).
Recently, Air Deccan too started flights between Kochi-Bangalore, and Kochi-Chennai. Looks like COK (Kochi airport code) is set for some hot action.
Amidst all this hypergrowth, all Indian airports' staff are on strike today and hence a lot of flight disruptions!
GOOD NEWS TO HINDI SPEAKERS! PARAMOUNT AIRWAYS PREFERS HINDI SPEAKERS ONLY; GOOD RIDDENS TO TAMIL JOB-SEEKERS!Post a Comment
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.