Pilots across India will soon see the Shell Aviation sign going up for the first time at a number of airports as the international fuel supplier expands its presence from two airports to 12 in the country. Locations soon to welcome Shell Aviation service include Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Calicut, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore and Mangalore. Shell currently operates at Bangalore and Hyderabad.
India-based Deccan Aviation is offering on-demand helicopter “shuttle” flights between Bangalore’s international airport and Electronic City and HAL airport, two business districts that are a two-hour drive from the city. Per-person prices for one-way trips are close to $130 for Electronic City and $105 for HAL airport.
India’s Air Deccan operated its inaugural revenue flight with one of six 48-seat ATR 42-320s on August 25, between its home city of Bangalore and Hubli, in the southwestern province of Karnataka. A second flight marked the start of regular service between the regional cities of Hyderabad and Vijayawada the next day. The new airline took delivery of its first leased ATR on August 8. The second arrived in Bangalore two weeks later.
Thanks at least partly to Asia’s explosive economic growth, its once-mysterious lands are now jet-close and high-rise-familiar. That’s good news if you want to do business there, but it makes your search a bit tougher if you’re in the market for an exotic getaway. Particularly for those who’ve traveled often to Asia on business, cities such as Shanghai and Bangkok are today about as enigmatic as Los Angeles.