GoAir Launches Rent-A-Car At 25 Airports, Partners With Eco Europcar

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GoAir on Tuesday announced the launch of car rental services across 100 cities in India, including 25 airports on its domestic network as part of its bouquet of Value Added Services (VAS).

GoAir to Offer a Variety of Cars

The airline will provide hassle-free last-mile connectivity to its passengers with chauffeur-driven cars across the spectrum of economy, mid to luxury car segments along with Minivans for closed user groups.

To this effect, GoAir has joined hands with Eco Europcar, a B2C (business to consumer) company having leadership position in the corporate rent a car service industry.

Starting today, passengers of the airline will be able to book chauffeur-driven cars simply by visiting the airline website and avail the following value add services:

  •  Airport Transfers
  • Local Transfers
  • Inter-City Transfers

Commenting on the VAS launch, Kaushik Kona, CEO, said: “At GoAir, we have always believed in consistently improving the flying experience of our customers. Internal feedback reviewed over the years shows that passengers are looking at a hassle-free and comfortable last-mile-connectivity.”

Mr Kona added that the announcement is a culmination of our joint efforts with Eco Europcar to offer door-to-door, convenient, safer and affordable experience to our customers.

“I’m delighted to join hands with a company that has built its business model on technological innovations, providing seamless experience from car search, booking to delivery,” he said.

Through Eco Europcar, the airline will be offering Chauffeur-driven cars from mid to luxury car segment including the likes of Tata, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota Coaches, Tempo Traveller and last but not the least, Chrysler Stretch Limousines too.

Commenting on the partnership, Rajesh Loomba, Managing Director, Eco Europcar, said: “We are proud to collaborate with GoAir. Together, we will not only provide travellers with a comfortable travel experience, but also owing to the deep sanitization process that we follow, coupled with best-in-class customer service and well-trained-staff, we will enhance the airlines value proposition of “Fly Smart” with “Drive Smart”.”

Three simple steps to book this service:

  1. Visit the website www.goair.in. Visit “GoXtras” section. Pick your service, favourite car, time and place.
  2. Get your car at your convenient location.
  3. Enjoy the service.
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A file picture of aircraft during pushback. Source: atc.spotter

Meanwhile, as the airline sector grapples with the second Covid-19 wave, the Wadia-promoted GoAir has set its sights on a major expansion drive in terms of network and aircraft fleet.

Betting Big

GoAir is betting big on its ultra-low-cost carrier model to consolidate its position as one of the few Indian airlines making profits in a highly-competitive and cost-intensive market.

“While the sector is facing temporary headwinds, we at GoAir believe that the airline is uniquely placed with its inherent ultra-low-cost structure that has always stood us in good stead,”Mr. Kona told PTI.

In March, founder Jeh Wadia from the promoter family stepped down from the company’s management. The airline also announced the elevation of Ben Baldanza, a global airline professional as vice-chairman. Mr. Badlanza has been accredited with reviving and taking public Spirit Airlines in the US.

There have also been talks that GoAir has been on course to raise funds to fuel its expansion.

Mr. Kona said he remains confident that the ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier) model will set GoAir on a unique growth route. “At GoAir, we are confidently moving ahead, thanks to our ULCC model,” he said.

Mr. Kona said the ULCC model involves single aircraft and engine type, with common buyer-furnished equipment that provides the lightest and most cost-efficient high-density seating of 186 for its Airbus A320 neo aircraft.

“All this helps to keep our operations simple and overall cost structure low, along with a common skill set for pilots and the engineering team, among other training requirements,” he said.

Mr. Kona also sounded confident about a highly-underpenetrated Indian aviation market, which he said, once the COVID-19 pandemic ends, is expected to witness a huge surge in demand.

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