Kolkata-based company Northeast Shuttles Pvt Ltd is likely to start operations as a scheduled airline in the north eastern region from October 1. Set-up in 2008, the airline is now firming up expansion plans, with plans to increase its fleet to six by purchasing four Bombardier CRJ200 jets at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. Fleet addition is expected to be complete by September 2014. According to Mrs Shobha. K. Mani, Managing Director of Northeast Shuttles, the two aircraft will be delivered by September this year and the other two a year later. Once off the ground and her fleet in place, Mr Mani intends to fly to new grounds covering the eastern cities of Kolkata, Ranchi, Patna, Gaya, Rourkela and Jamshedpur. But it’s a long shot. Initial operations, though, will be restricted to the north eastern cities of Guwahati, Lilabari, Silchar (in Assam); Agartala and Aizawl (in Tripura); Imphal (Manipur) and Dimapur (Nagaland).