Air Deccan celebrates one year with Warwick Brady
Bangalore, Sep 11 (UNI) Low cost airliner Air Deccan has changed the entire aviation landscape with its low cost revolution, much to the amazement of some of the similar players elsewhere in the world.
Air Deccan Chief Operating Officer Warwick Brady, who completed one year in office, said in a statement here that ''the Indian public is being looted by full service carriers and the airlines, sitting on huge profits, are increasing their fares year on year.'' Referring to his first year in office, he said he had been learning the past one year. ''What I was not prepared was for the regulatory and infrastructure challenges. I didn't think I will be battling for parking space; these are of course taken for granted in Europe. The growth has been phenomenal. My colleagues at Ryanair are amazed at the growth that Air Deccan has witnessed in less than three years,'' he added.
Mr Brady said ''I want to work with Gopi (Capt G R Gopinath, Air Deccan Managing Director) to make this the number one domestic airline in the country in terms of low fares, on time performance, least short shipped baggages, number of passengers carried, most profitable and the most preferred employer.'' Capt Gopinath said ''we had the vision and resources in place, however we lacked the low cost expertise. That void was filled by Warwick and his team. He saw the challenge and potential that India had for low cost airlines and was ready for the fight. He has helped us in understanding the low cost model better and imparting training to our existing talent.'' Having been a part of Ryanair, Europe's most successful low cost carrier, as Deputy Director Operations, Mr Brady, known for his skills of implementation and execution at Ryanair, was given a free hand to hire, fire, spend and deliver. He augmented his team from some of the best airlines Ryanair, Easyjet, Jetblue, Aer Lingus and set about setting the right processes to achieve the targets for the airline, the statement said.
Warwick started in Sepember last year with 120 flights. Today, Air Deccan had 270 flights a day, covering 55 destinations with a fleet of 37. During this period, the number of passengers flown by Air Deccan had increased from two million to 6.6 million per year.
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