In last 5 years, a total of 358 Indian aircraft have been de-registered by Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The aviation watcgdog received a total of 412 requests to de-register aircraft.
Indian aircraft de-registered
The airline which tops this deregistration chart is IndiGo. Out of 358 aircraft, 123 aircraft belonged to IndiGo. The market leader has phased out almost 80% of its Airbus A320 current engine option (ceo) series aircraft. As per aircraft tracking website Planespotters, the airline has phased out a total of 137 aircraft. It currently has around 20 Airbus A320-200 remaining in its fleet.
The market leader had also started to phase out the Airbus A320neo series aircraft. The airline took the aircraft on a lease of 6 years. Lease of those aircraft delivered in 2016 ended in 2022. Then, lessors received the returned aircraft, and they were either parked at Istanbul or Manila Airport.
Due to supply chain issues, IndiGo was not able to get timely delivery of its aircraft and hence, it renegotiated with lessors and extended the lease period of some Airbus A320neos and reinducted them. T
Jet Airways runner up
103 aircraft out of these belonged to bankrupt airline Jet Airways. Once the largest private airline of India shut down operations in 2019. All its aircraft were deregistered upon request from lessors. Jalan-Kalrock Consortium came out to be the winning bidder for the beleagured airline. But they have not transferred ownership yet, and the court battle is ongoing.
Who are the others?
Other airlines whose aircraft were deregistered were SpiceJet (55) and Air India (26). DRDO received some of the Airbus A321 and Airbus A319s of Air India.
With recent events, it seems like GoFirst is in a good position to restart operations. Lessors requested DGCA to deregister 54 aircraft of GoFirst but NCLT verdict in favour of the airline restrcited DGCA to do so.
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Source : Times of India (Saurabh Sinha)