Air India Express to add 4 Boeing 737s to meet growing demand: report

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Tata Group-owned international low-cost airline Air India Express may add four Boeing 737s to its fleet of 24 aircraft by the end of the year to meet increased demand for international travel, sources have said. airlines aware of the information.

Following the removal of various pandemic-related curbs, aviation is picking up and demand has rebounded and hullless charter is an option to improve short-term capacity, they said.

Air India Express currently has 24 Boeing 737s in its fleet. He lost a plane in the Kozhikode plane crash in August 2020.

International travel demand rebounded after most pandemic-related travel restrictions were removed. Loads (passengers on planes) are good and all roads are doing well. Of course, there are some seasonal variations, which have been taken into account,” a source told PTI.

“In the short term, the airline may take four aircraft on bare lease to increase capacity for the interim period,” the source said, adding that the new aircraft will be used to improve frequency on certain routes.

A query sent to Air India Express did not elicit a response.

”You cannot open new routes with four additional planes. These planes will only be used to increase frequency and consolidate existing routes,” a source said.

Air India Express currently serves 11 airports in India and 13 overseas with over 100 daily flights.

The induction of four additional planes will expand the fleet to a total of 28 planes, the source said.

”The airline has not been allowed to develop for a long time. Previously, its growth was hampered by the divestment process. The competition is growing every day and we have to keep pace,” the source said.

According to another source, the airline had drawn up a business plan in 2018, in which it envisaged being a 50-aircraft company by 2025 as passenger air traffic was booming at that time.

“But first the government didn’t give us the go-ahead at that time saying the airline was in its divestment plans, and then Covid-19 happened,” the source said.

Stating that Air India Express is hiring both flight deck crew and cabin crew, which in itself is an indication of inducing more planes (in the short term), the source said “A walk-in cabin crew interview was conducted in Calicut on Tuesday. Additionally, the airline has already conducted a series of walk-in interviews in Delhi, Mumbai, Mangalore and Calicut. “And in the coming weeks, Air India Express is planning to conduct a similar exercise in Kochi as well as in the northeast,” he said.

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