India’s first seaplane project to be launched

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India’s first seaplane service in Gujarat will be inaugurated on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31. It will connect the Statue of Unity in Kevadia to the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. A seaplane can be described as a fixed-winged aeroplane made for taking off and landing on water. It offers the speed of an aeroplane with the utility of a boat. SpiceJet Airlines, which has reportedly signed a contract with a French company that is manufacturing the seaplanes, will be using a 19 seater plane that will be able to carry 14 passengers. As per an official, between Ahmedabad and Kevadia there will be four flights daily on each side, meaning four departures and four arrivals. Formerly in India a commercial seaplane service based in the Andaman and Nicobar islands was launched as a pilot project in 2010, which was named Jal Hans. For the one hour journey, the ticket price per person will be around Rs.4,800. Seaplanes are operational in countries including the Philippines, Canada, Australia, United States, Sri Lanka, Maldives and UAE.

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