Ventura Airconnect introduces a whole new concept of Air Travel, making it India's first intrastate airline as a Airtaxi service. As a non-scheduled operator, they are operating within the State of Madhya Pradesh and soon would will be connecting the State with other cities in different States. The person behind this venture is Mr. Uttam Kumar Bose, who founded & established Sahara Airlines way back in 1993. Interacting with the Travel Agents and Media in Mumbai Mr. Bose said, “Our vision is to give connectivity with the State Capitals to the remotest airfields of the State which are not connected by air. Providing a comfortable flight with 9 individual seats each having a window with safety, is of utmost importance. These connections will provide easy accessibility to the cities with tourist interest and business potential. The flights are scheduled in such a way so as to connect with other airlines operating in other cities during the morning and evenings.”
Ventura Airconnect has started daily air operations with 2 Cessna Grand Caravan Aircraft manufactured in United State of America. The safety record of this aircraft is 100% and approximately 4,000 such aircraft are flying in the world today. The engines fitted in the aircraft are of "Pratt & Whitney" make, which are world renowned. The third aircraft is scheduled to be added in January 2012. It is a 9 seater passenger aircraft fitted with the latest glass cockpit and operated by 2 pilots.
Ventura Airconnect are presently connecting Bhopal with Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and are also connecting direct flights from Indore to Jabalpur & Gwalior. This schedule has given onward connections to tourists for Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore & Kolkata which are important hubs in the country.
From 1st Dec, 2011 it will connected Jabalpur with Kanha and Bhandavgarh Tiger Resort destinations. After the 3rd Aircraft's arrival the schedule will include Khajuraho, Agra, Satna, Rewa and Pachmari with Bhopal and Indore. Commenting on future plans, Mr. Bose added, “We will be adding 2 aircraft every alternate month and have plans to acquire 19 aircraft in a span of 3 years. We will be starting with 8 flights a day with each aircraft and operate upto 10 flights a day, thereby offering approx. 30,000 seats per year, per aircraft. With 19 aircraft we will fly approximately 4, 94,000 passengers each year.”
Mr. Bose said that aircraft are also available for "Charter operations" and on-time performance is of critical importance.
The partner of this joint venture project is Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation. As per Mr. Vishrut Acharya, Director (Projects), MPSTDC, this new concept of air connectivity will bring a revolution in the State not only in terms of tourist inflow but also commercial activity which will be a good source of revenue generation for the State. This would also have a direct bearing on the employment generation and overall prosperity of the region. The areas which would get a boost are: Religious and Temple tourism, Adventure and Water sports & Wild life tourism. He added Booking and Information Centers have been opened in all MPSTDC hotels which are centrally located in all the cities which are connected by Ventura Airconnect for the convenience of passengers. These are in addition to the Booking and Information Counters at all the airports connected by Ventura Airconnect. For the convenience of passengers they are allowed to report at the airport 30 minutes before departure. In Jabalpur, an exclusive transport facility is available for Ventura passengers to / from the airport to the city.