Star Air (India) (S5, Belgaum) has signed a firm order agreement with Embraer for three E145s. The Indian regional carrier, which currently operates two E145s, said in a statement the three added jets would join its fleet in November of this year.

Overall, Star Air is planning to increase its fleet size to 10 aircraft by the end of 2020.

"By cementing this partnership with Embraer, we will be ideally positioned to generate greater value for all of our stakeholders," Sanjay Ghodawat, Chairman - Star Air, said. "We will continue to add more aircraft to our fleet in the time to come which will help us activate all UDAN routes and also a few non-UDAN sectors."

Using its existing E145 fleet, Star Air is serving the western coastal and southern regions of India through Ahmedabad, Mumbai International, Belgaum, Hubli, Bengaluru International, and Tirupati. It is a part of Sanjay Ghodawat Group (SGG), a diversified Indian conglomerate, with interests in aviation, consumer products, education, energy, food processing, floriculture, mining, realty, software and textiles.