UK Startup airline flypop is a low cost airline aiming to provide affordable non-stop direct flights between the UK and second cities of South Asia, starting with India. Serving the South Asian diaspora in the UK, 'visiting friends and relatives' (VFR) and tourists.
flypop has just announced that they have signed a multiple aircraft A330-300 lease deal with Avolon, the world’s third largest aircraft lessor.
(Nino) Navdip Singh Judge, CEO & Principal of flypop
“As a twin-engine double-aisle wide-body that can carry over 400 passengers, the A330-300 aircraft will deliver everything we want to offer our flypop passengers, especially the lowest seat prices to India.”
"With this lease deal, we have been able to submit our AOC license application to the UK Civil Aviation Authority and expect our first flights to commence by October. Many thanks to the UK Government's Future Fund for its financial assistance, which has enabled us to raise further funding. Increased flight connectivity, especially on new routes, will create much needed economic benefits for both the UK and India” The CEO of flypop said.
Throughout the pandemic, flypop has been busy preparing for launch later this year, when international travel resumes to India.
“flypop has avoided any exposure to the pandemic, consequently we are in the unique and fortunate position to extract maximum advantage from the lower costs resulting from the crisis. flypop’s cost of entry is much lower now than it would have been pre-Covid-19. Low fares always stimulate greater demand. The sector is currently on the floor, but the market will return strongly.”Charlie Clifton, Senior Operations Adviser and Board Member
CEO Judge says flypop will succeed because of its clear focus on the south Asian diaspora; who will be able to fly home directly rather than having to fly via Delhi or Mumbai, often before taking long car journeys.
He also plan for the airline’s Airbus A330s to carry “belly cargo” — the CEO said he already has contracts to transport perishables such as fruit and flowers from India to the UK.