Hans Airways rings in the New Year with a Letter of Intent on first Airbus A330-200

Wednesday 12th January 2022

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Hans Airways, the UK’s newest airline, preparing to launch scheduled flights to India this year, is pleased to announce it has a secured its first aircraft - signing a Letter of Intent for an Airbus A330-200 (MSN 950) in the first week of the new year.  The aircraft has been operating with a leading European airline since 2008,  configured in a two-cabin layout, which Hans Airways will operate with 275 economy and 24 premium economy seats.


The A330 will be registered as G-KJAS, adopting the surname of one of Hans Airways’ principal early investors, who has believed in its community airline model since the project was conceived in 2019.


“We are delighted to have achieved this very important milestone in our two-year journey,” said Hans Airways’ CEO Satnam Saini.  “Our scheduled operations centre on the Airbus A330, a popular and spacious long-haul widebody, excellent for cargo too, and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us to ratify this agreement at the start of the new year.” 


UK base in Birmingham


Hans Airways has applied to the UK Civil Aviation Authority for its Air Operator’s Certificate and is hopeful of obtaining the status in time to start revenue service this summer.   The airline will operate to secondary cities in India from Birmingham Airport.  Its application for an Operating Licence and Route Licence has already been published by the UK CAA .


Pilot and cabin crew training commenced January 3


The first set of flight crew (four pilots and cabin crew) commenced their first day of training January 3rd in Crawley, UK with Hans Airways’ flight training partner IAGO Flight Training and L3 Harris Commercial Aviation for the simulator.  The new recruits were welcomed by Satnam Saini, investor Kirpal Singh Jass, and Nathan Burkitt, the airline’s Director of Flight Operations and Crew Training.


About Hans Airways


Hans Airways is the UK’s newest hybrid, long-haul airline venture, blending value for money fares with a quality inflight service offering. Hans Airways will offer two classes of cabin  - Economy (with 31 inch seat pitch and 274 seats) and Economy Plus offering a 56” pitch and 24 seats).   It will offer a high quality of complementary inflight entertainment and catering as standard.


A loyalty programme   is planned.  To be known as HAPEEI (Hans Airways Passengers Environment Education Initiative), it will reward passengers with all the regular benefits of a frequent flyer programme and with a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility, create opportunities to donate to children’s educational charities in India or conservation and water preservation projects.


Hans Airways’ senior management has identified a high demand for regular secondary city air links between the UK and India, drawing on its CEO’s considerable experience instigating a series of charter flights for Monarch Airlines and FlyJet.  


It intends to have a close working relationship with travel agencies and travel management companies


Hans Airways submitted its UK AOC application in March 2020, following extensive discussions with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport.


Hans Airways’  management team (see  Board of Directors  and  Leadership Team ) share an extensive experience of the commercial aviation industry and a deep understanding of the needs of its core focus market.  Financial support for the airline has come, inter alia, from the Indian community in the UK (see  Investor Relations ).







Hans Airways commenced its crew training early January

Left to right: Nathan Burkitt, Hans Airways' Director of Flight Operations and Crew Training  and  Hans Airways’ CEO Satnam Saini  

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