Air India Express will soon start international service with the Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airline will use the Airbus aircraft of sister airline – AirAsia India.
AirAsia India first international service
AIX Connect operating as AirAsia India will start scheduled international service from August 28 on behalf of Air India Express. The airline got regulatory approval for international operations in February 2022. In March 2022, the airline operated first international flight, when it transported 170 passengers from Romania to Delhi under Operation Ganga.
AirAsia India, which will soon merge with Air India Express has not started scheduled international operations till date. From August 28, the airline on behalf of Air India Express will start service between Delhi and Varanasi to Sharjah.
Air India Express to deploy Airbus A320neo
Air India Express operates a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft only. But from August 28, the airline will use the Airbus A320 aircraft of AirAsia India to operate Sharjah flights. This will be the first time in history that an Airbus aircraft will be flying under IX callsign. Lets have a look at the rotation of this aircraft. The aircraft will first fly from Delhi to Sharjah. Then, from Sharjah to Varanasi and back. Final leg will be from Sharjah to Delhi.
Air India Express Sharjah Operations
Air India Express has one of the largest networks in India to Sharjah market. The airline connects Sharjah International Airport to 13 Indian cities. They are :
Air India Express operates a fleet of 26 aircraft. The airline recently acquired 2 Boeing 737s from TATA-SIA JV airline, Vistara. Moreover, the airline will receive around 55 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft which were previously destined to Chinese Airlines. 10 Aircraft are already earmarked to the airline, which were bound to Okay Airways, Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.
The integration of AirAsia India and Air India Express is at final stage. The airline recently got DGCA approval for merger. Competition Commission of India has already approved the plan. Furthermore, Air India CEO Campbell Wilson recently held talks with CCI Chief about Air India and Vistara merger to resolve issues hindering the merger approval process. After integration, the low cost entity will have a fleet of 26 Boeing 737s and 28 Airbus A320s.
Source Credits : JetArena