flyPOP (London Stansted) has chartered an A330-300 from an unspecified operator ahead of plans to commence regular flights to the Indian cities of Amritsar and Ahmedabad during the last quarter of this year.

Chairman Navdip Singh Judge told the Runway Girl Network in an interview that of the aircraft's 378 seats, 78 seats are premium economy while the remainder are in an all-economy layout.

Judge added that POP has a verbal agreement with an unspecified budget carrier operating out of London Stansted wherein it will provide regional European feed to POP longhaul flights and vice versa.

In terms of funding, through its initial investors, POP has thus far managed to raise GBP5 million of the GBP8.9 million it needs to sustain Year One of operations. The remainder, it hopes, will come through crowdfunding.

As previously reported, POP will initially operate as a virtual carrier before pursuing its own AOC in two years time.