G. R. Gopinath

G. R. Gopinath

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Captain G. R. Gopinath () is a pioneer of low cost air travel in India. He is the founder of the low cost airline Air Deccan. Captain G. R. Gopinath is a graduate of the National Defence Academy and has served the Indian Army.


Captain Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar Gopinath (or 'Gopi' to his friends) was born in a Hassan Iyengar family in the remote village of Gorur, Karnataka. He was educated in a village school and at Sainik School, Bijapur. After school he took a commission in the Indian Army with which he served for eight years. Thereafter he became a farmer who converted barren land in to proper plantation. Next, he started the Malnad Mobikes(Enfield dealership)and opened a hotel in Hasan.

He currently lives in Bangalore with his wife and 2 daughters, Pallavi and Krithika.

In 2009 he stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

In 2009 Gopinath started Deccan 360 freight and logistics operation.

Aviation career

In 1995, the Indian government started the reforms process by encouraging entrepreneurship. In the next year he started a private sector commercial helicopter service, Deccan Aviation. In 2003 he launched India's first low-cost airline, Air Deccan which was later purchased and merged into Kingfisher Airlines.His only aim in Deccan was not just to make the air fares as cheap as he could to make it possible for a common man to fly but a venture capital project made into motion and made huge profit by selling entire enterprise...
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