Monday, August 21, 2023

Air India Express Can Finally Soar With New Boeing 737 MAX Planes

Air India Express is one of those airlines that performs well but somewhat silently. Perhaps it’s got to do with the kind of operations it runs – low-cost medium-haul flights operated by the carrier don’t get as much attention as the full-service routes to locations such as London and New York.

Its bigger cousin Air India has also absorbed much of the limelight in the last decade for various reasons, while Air India Express silently operated a profitable business from smaller Indian cities and towns. And still, when it came to fleet development, it was largely ignored.

But with the Tata Group taking charge, the new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft heading Air India Express’ way could finally give it the space it needs to expand.

Ever since Air India placed that massive order with Boeing and Airbus earlier this year, there have been speculations of all kinds about the utilization of such a large fleet in the future. Of particular interest was the sizable order of 190 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

It is widely believed that the MAX aircraft were ordered while keeping Air India Express in mind, as it already operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet. And while it’ll take some years to get all 190 aircraft, quite a few of those planes are expected to arrive soon.

According to reports, by 2024, Air India Express plans to add 50 737 MAXs, allowing it to expand its network both within India and outside of it. New routes to countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and the Maldives could be launched after fleet enhancement. Indeed, it seems that Air India Express is finally receiving the support it has always needed from its owners after becoming a private enterprise.

21/08/2023 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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