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Vayudoot ( ) was an airline in Indiamarker established on 20 January, 1981 as a subsidiary of Air India and Indian Airlines. This airline was originally conceived to serve the north-east region of Indiamarker where the surface transport facilities were inadequate and surface routes were circuituous.

History & Evolution

Vayudoot started with retired flight crew of Indian Airlines to fly the HS-748 and F-27 aircraft. As Do-228s were bought / leased, new pilots were recruited. The same held for the core engineering team as well, which comprised almost all of ex-Indian Airlines engineers.

Subsequently,the services of Vayudoot had been extended to other regions also, charting 100 stations in the country. This had adversely affected its financial performance. After a review, the number of stations on the operational network was brought down to 48 on 31 March 1991. The Airline Managing Director Harsh Vardhan noted that Vayudoot was concentrating on consolidation of its operations and rationalisation of its fare structure rather than embark on large scale expansion of its network. Its operations were restricted to North-Eastern region and other inaccessible areas.

Somewhere in the late eighties, Vayudoot re-started India's night air-mail service (NAMS). This service was originally started in 1949 with four aircraft carrying mail from Delhi, Bombay (now Mumbai), Madras (now Chennai) and Calcutta (now Kolkatta) to Nagpur (almost geographical center of India), exchanging mail and going back. The Vayudoot services, which also carried passengers sometime, at a discounted rate) usually were on the following routes:
  • Delhi-Jaipur-Nagpur
  • Calcutta-Varanasi-Nagpur
  • Bombay-Nagpur
  • Madras-Hyderabad-Nagpur


Accident/Incidents

The airline had three crashes in its operational history, amounting to 45 fatalities

Fleet Data

Vayudoot had a fleet of eight Dornier Do 228-201 aircraft, eight Avro and five Fokker F27-100 "Friendship" aircraft; Vayudoot also had an Agro Aviation Division which was involved in aerial spraying operations, seeding and afforestation operations. It had a fleet of one helicopter and sixteen aircraft.

Last days

Vayudoot's financial performance was not satisfactory which finally led to its dissolution and merger of its assets into Indian Airlines in 1993. It became wholly owned subsidiary of Indian Airlines. On 1 April, 1997 its flight operations were transferred to Indian Airlines and its employees were transferred to Air India and Indian Airlines.

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