Monday, November 04, 2019

AirAsia India plots growth to 100 aircraft by 2025

AirAsia India is planning to accelerate its growth and hopes to increase its fleet fourfold to 100 aircraft in the next five years, an unnamed company source told industry publication TravelBiz Monitor.

"We have firmed up plans to add 14-15 planes every year starting next year for the next five years. We have remained a small player in the Indian market till now with just 23 planes, which will increase to 29 planes by the end of December,” the executive said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, the Indian LCC, a 51/49 joint venture between Tata Sons and AirAsia Group, currently operates twenty-three A320-200s and is in the process of adding the twenty-fourth unit.

The airline will be adding aircraft both transferred from other AirAsia Group units and directly from lessors. Out of its current 23-strong fleet, 11 aircraft were previously operated by AirAsia (AK, Kuala Lumpur Int'l), while the remaining 12 came from other carriers.

The carrier said earlier this year that its growth plans for 2020 include the addition of the first A320-200neo.

AirAsia India will focus its growth on existing routes as it plans to add more frequencies rather than launch new, low-frequency routes.

"There is no point staying a marginal airline on various routes. The focus will rather be on strengthening our position on routes that we are in," the executive said.
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