While there may have been numerous mobile-phone camera pictures of Air Costa aircraft in India, here is the first good publicly available shot of an Air Costa Embraer 170 in Indian markings. VT-LSR was caught on lens (JP.net and A.net acceptances pending, AP.net accepted) by the skilled teenager Karthik Kumar , who woke up early on the 18th of October, 2013, to head out to Bangalore International Airport (VOBL), to position himself for a good shot of VT-LSR, manufacturer Serial Number MSN 278, operating as Air Costa 601 (LB 601) into Bangalore from Vijayawada.
VT-LSR, an EMB 170AR, was fprmerly registered A9C-MA, operating with Gulf Air. The airplane’s age is about 3 years 7 months, and has been leased from ECC Leasing. ECC Leasing Company Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Embraer, was established in September 18, 2002 to manage and re-market Embraer´s pre-owned aircraft.
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting to you the Embraer E-170 beautifully adorned in the colors of Air Costa, a regional airline that heralds a new chapter in Indian regional aviation. Click on the image to enjoy the photo in full 1200pix wide – size.