Friday, October 06, 2023

Air Asia transfers first A320 plane to Air India Express, says Wilson

Mumbai: Tata Group-owned AirAsia India has transferred its first A320 plane to Air India Express, marking a significant step in the process toward final merger to create a single low-cost subsidiary of Air India. 

“This transfer will be progressively followed by all other aircraft so that, eventually, our two LCCs (low-cost carriers) become one and we have full flexibility to deploy aircraft in the most optimal and efficient manner across our low-cost network,” Air India's chief executive officer & managing director Campbell Wilson told employees on Friday.

AirAsia India and Air India Express currently have 28 and 26 planes in their respective fleets. The merger of AirAsia India into Air India Express is anticipated to be completed by March next year.

Meanwhile, Wilson said Air India inaugurated a new Engineering Mega Warehouse in Delhi to store over one million aviation-related spares. The facility is spread across 53,765 sq.ft and is located near the New Delhi’s IGI airport. The warehouse in Delhi is temperature and humidity- controlled to ensure optimal conditions for sensitive aviation material, he said. 

“This world-class facility is the first of its kind for any airline in India, and is key to supporting our growing fleet and enabling the operational reliability we must achieve. Similar consolidation and upgradation will now be pursued in Mumbai to bring nearly 40 separate storage locations under one roof,” Wilson added. 

06/10/2023 Deepak Patel/Ajinkya Kawale/Business Standard

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