Indian Aviation

Domestic scheduled operators carried a total of 58.8 million passengers in 2012 as against 60.7 m passengers in 2011 representing a negative growth of over three per cent. Passengers carried during the first ten months of 2013 grew by 4.8 per cent to 50.7 million compared to 48.4 m in the comparable period in 2012.

Domestic Air Travellers
MonthPassengers
(in millions)
2013
November 5.14
October 5.01
August 5.26
2012
December 5.4
November 5.02
October 4.56
September 4.02
June 5.11
March 4.87
2011
December 5.63
2010
November 4.88
October 4.62
September 3.91
August 3.99
July 4.08
June 4.50
May 4.79
April 4.19
2009
November 3.96
October 3.97
September 3.56
August 3.63
July 3.60
June 3.69
May 3.93
April 3.31
March 3.22
February 3.34
January 3.33
2008
December 3.32
November 3.04
October 3.13
September 2.68
August 2.92
July 3.05
June 3.51
May 4.12
2007
December 4.01

Airline Domestic Passengers - 2009-2012
AirlinePassengers
(in thousands)
2012 November        
Air India 1038        
Jet Airways 917        
JetLite 345        
IndiGo 1369        
Go Air 373        
SpiceJet 978        
2011 December        
Air India 978        
Go Air 321        
IndiGo 1149        
Jet Airways 1154        
JetLite 400        
Kingfisher 681        
SpiceJet 946        
2010 June August October    
Air India 760 730 816    
Go Air 261 226 306    
IndiGo 737 656 775    
Jet Airways 840 1078 (inc. JetLite) 870    
JetLite 351   343    
Kingfisher 944 797 877    
Paramount 13        
SpiceJet 598 502 630    
2009January February April August October
Air India 555 574 583 604 740
Go Air 81 84 145 207 215
IndiGo 457 441 441 505 540
Jet Airways 596 597 552 678 785
JetLite 241 249 244 281 314
Kingfisher 919 904 861 820 823
MDLR 13 na 14 na na
Paramount 71 61 75 74 61
SpiceJet 393 413 387 447 491

Scheduled Operators
AirAsia India

Air Costa

A regional airline based in Vijayawada launched commercial service in Oct 2013 with flights connecting six destinations in India.

Air India

Air India Airbus A310-300Air India's fleet includes Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200 and 300 series, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A319/A320/A321, CRJ-700 and ATR-42 aircraft flying to destinations across four continents extending from Tokyo in the east to Los Angeles in the west. Air India earned a total revenue of Rs 161 billion and carried 14.05 million passengers in the year ended March 2013.

Above pic: An Air India Airbus A310-300 at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok international airport.
Air India Boeing 777-337/ER REg. VT-ALO "Karnataka" taxiing at Frankfurt am Main Airport - Timir Mozumder

Air India Express

Air India Express B737-800Air India's low cost airline subsidiary, Air India Express, flies to from 16 Indian cities to international destinations incl. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, Muscat, Salalah, Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dhaka and Colombo with a fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline carried 2.26 million passengers in 2008-09 and operates over 200 flights a week to 14 international destinations.

Above pic: An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 at Chennai Airport.

Air India / Indian (IC)

Indian Airlines Airbus A320Indian, now amalgated into Air India, operates Airbus A320s, A321 (the first aircraft to be painted in the new Air India livery) and Airbus A319-112 aircraft. Indian carried approx. 6.6 million passengers in 2008 (770,000 in Oct '09) while total revenues amounted to Rs 60.5 bn in 2005-06. The airline is planning a debut in the stock market with an IPO slated for later this year. Indian operates some 325 daily flights and carried approx. 1.7 million passengers on its international routes.

Indian Airlines Dornier 228
Left pic: An Indian Airlines Dornier Do228 at Cochin Airport in 2005. The airline has now phased out the Dornier aircraft and does not currently serve Agatti.

Indian Airlines (old livery) Airbus A320-231 Reg. VT-EPS Taxiing at Delhi IGI Airport (VIDP/DEL) - Timir Mozumder

Air India Regional (Alliance Air)

Alliance Air Airbus A320 Airline Allied Services Ltd. was formed in 1983 as an Indian Airlines subsidiary. Alliance Air (brand name) flight operations began in 1996 and its current fleet includes classic Boeing 737-200s (now phased out), Bombardier CRJ jets and ATR-42-320 turboprop aircraft. Alliance Air carried 1.47 million passengers in 2004-05 with load and seat factors of 64 and 61.5 % respectively. Operating revenues amounted to Rs 6.2 bn in the same year. Five of the aged Boeing 737-200 jets will be converted into freighters. Alliance has been planned to become Indian's low cost carrier with a fleet of six CRJ's and an equal number of ATR turboprops. Alliance Air nas been rebranded as Air India Regional.

Above pic: An Alliance Air Boeing 737-200 parked at Delhi Airport. These vintage 737's have now been phased out from scheduled passenger routes.


Air India Regional ATR 42-320 Reg. VT-ABO Taxiing Past Terminal 1D at Delhi IGI Airport, India © Timir Mozumder

Jet Airways

A Jet Airways B737 at Mumbai Sahar Airport Terminal IBJet Airways' fleet includes long-range widebodied Boeing 777-35Rs, Airbus A330-203s, Boeing 737s (400-, 700-, 800- and 900-series) and ATR-72-212A/500's turbo-props. Total revenues of the airline amounted to Rs 74 bn in 2006-07 and just over 12 million revenue passengers were carried in 2008. Cargo airlifted totalled almost 142,000 tons in 2006-07. Jet has ordered 10 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner long-range jet. Jet Airways acquired Air Sahara in April 2007 and subsequently renamed the 100 per cent subsidiary as Jet Lite. Jet flies to 42 domestic and 18 international destinations with over 330 daily flights. Jet Airways Konnect, a new all-economy low-cost service, operates over 100 daily flights..

Above pic: A Jet Airways B737 at Mumbai's Sahar Airport Terminal IB, used by private airlines.


Jet Airways Boeing 737-71Q Taxiing Past Terminal 1D at Delhi IGI Airport, India © Timir Mozumder

Go Air

A Go Air A320 at Mumbai Airport Go Air, promoted by the Wadia Group operates flights to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Patna, Pune and Srinagar. Go Air's fleet consists of 17 Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Go Air carried around one million passengers during its first year of operation ending Nov 2006. The airline operates over 130 daily flights to 18 destinations.


GoAir Airbus A320-214 Reg. VT-WAE Taxiing at Delhi IGI Airport - © Timir Mozumder

IndiGo

An IndiGo Airbus A320 at Hyderabad's Begumpet airportIndiGo, India's largest airline (passengers carried) operates a large fleet of 78 Airbus A320-232 aircraft. Indigo has carried over 39 m passengers (till Feb '12) since its launch in August 2006. The airline operates 399 daily flights to 33 destinations.




IndiGo Airbus A320-232 Reg. VT-INR Taxiing at Delhi IGI Airport - © Timir Mozumder

JetKonnect

Air Sahara B737 Jet Airways acquired the ertswhile Air Sahara in April 2007 and renamed it as JetLite which was rebranded in 2012 to JetKonnect. The airline operates a fleet of 15 Boeing 737 aircraft.

Left pic: An Air Sahara Boeing 737 at Bangalore's Hindustan Airport, now part of the JetLite fleet.

Air Sahara B737
Left pic: An Air Sahara Boeing 737 (now JetLite) featuring the old livery at Mumbai Sahar Airport.


JetLite Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ-200 Taxiing at Delhi IGI Airport. © Timir Mozumder

SpiceJet

SpiceJet SpiceJet flies to 39 Indian and 5 international destinations. The airline carried 4.6 million passengers in 2008-09 and currently operates ca 330 daily flights. SpiceJet operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800/900ER and Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft.


Left pic: SpiceJet's VT-SPF "Coriander" Boeing 737-800 at Delhi IGIA.


SpiceJet Boeing 737-8GJ Reg. VT-SPP "Rosemary" Taxiing at Delhi IGI Airport (VIDP/DEL). SpiceJet operates a fleet of 22 Boeing 737 800/900 (as of Nov '10) series aircraft. The airline recently ordered 15 Bombardier Q400 turboprops. Timir Mozumder

Defunct Operators
Kingfisher Airlines

Kingfisher Kingfisher Airlines, one of India's major airlines, suspended all flight operations in Oct '12.



Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320-232 Reg. VT-ADV Taxiing to Gate at Delhi IGI Airport (VIDP/DEL). © Timir Mozumder

Cabin view of a Kingfisher ATR72A cabin view of a Kingfisher ATR-72 turboprop. ATR aircraft plied on shorter low-density routes covering mainly tourist destinations and 2nd and 3rd-tier cities.










Kingfisher vegetarian mealThe vegetarian meals served on Kingfisher Airlines flights were tasty and hot meals were served even on shorter flights, a rarity eg on shorter intra-European flights. A nice touch is the printed menu served to all passengers.

MDLR Airlines

Gurgaon-based MDLR Airlines offers flights between from Delhi to Chandigarh, Kullu, Ranchi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Goa. MDLR's fleet comprises of tthree British Aerospace Avro RJ70 jet aircraft. These are the first RJ70's to be operated by an Indian carrier. The 70-seater aircraft are configured in a two class layout, 6 business and 64 in economy class.

An MDLR Avro RJ70 readying for take off at Chandigarh airport ( deaphen).

Kingfisher Red

Air Deccan ATR-42Simplifly Deccan (earlier Air Deccan), later on rebranded as Kingfisher Red, was India's pioneering low-cost carrier when launched in 2003. The airline operated a large fleet of ATR-42-320/500 / ATR-72-212A series turbo-props and Airbus A320 aircraft.

Above pic: An Air Deccan ATR-42 at Bangalore Airport. The new Simplifly Deccan livery resembles that of Kingfisher Airlines' red colour dominated livery. Vijay Mallya led UB Group of companies holds an almost 46 per cent stake in Deccan.

Air Deccan A320 cabin view
Left pic: A cabin view of an Air Deccan Airbus A320. Air Deccan aircraft are all-economy and snacks and beverages are sold for a nominal price. The airline has a policy of free seating.







Air Deccan A320
Left pic: An Air Deccan Airbus A320. Simplifly Deccan currently operates 22 A320s configured with 180 seats on high density routes to 27 destinations across India. Simplifly Deccan carried around 7.3 million passengers in 2007.

All-Cargo/Couries Operators
India Post

The Department of Posts has leased a Boeing 737-200 freighter aircraft from Air India to expedite the delivery of mail and parcels in the North-Eastern region of India. The aircraft has a capacity to carry upto 15 tons of freight. The aircraft is based at Kolkata and flies to Guwahati, Agartala and Imphal.

Blue Dart Aviation Ltd.

An air freight company currently operating five converted Being 737-200's and two Boeing 757 freighters.

Above pic: Blue Dart Boeing 737 Freighter at Kolkata NSCB.

Crescent Air Cargo Services

Operates cargo flights within India, Colombo and Male with a single Fokker F-27 MK50 aircraft.

QuickJet Cargo

Deccan Air Cargo

Non-scheduled/Misc Operators
Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd.

Operates a fleet of 46 helicopters comprising of 17 Dauphin SA365N18, 20 Dauphin AS 365N3, 3 Bell 206L4, 3 AS 350 B3, 1 Dhruv and 2 MI-172.

Jagson Airlines

Jagson Airlines operates two 26-seater Mi-172 helicopters.

Jagson Mi-172
Left pic: Jagson Airlines has inducted two 26-seater Kazan Helicopters Mi-172 helicopters (photo shot at Delhi airport hangar). The Mi-172 is the world's largest passenger helicopter.

Deccan Aviation Pvt. Ltd.

Offers helicopter charter services. Deccan Aviation's chopper fleet includes of 5 Bell 206, 1 Bell 212, 2 Bell 407, 2 Ecurueil AS 355, 1 Eurocopter AS355F2 helicopters and two fixed wing single turboprop Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. The company launched in 2003 India's first low-cost regional airline, Air Deccan (see Simplifly Deccan above)..

India International Airways

Operates one Bell 222 helicopter.

Oberoi Aviation

Operates one Hawker 125-700B executive jet and one King Air C-90A turbo-prop.

Mesco Airlines

Operates two Ecureil and one M-172 helicopter.

Elbee Airlines

Operates three Fokker F27-200's

Million Air

Million Air offers a fleet of three helicopters and one Cessna Citation aircraft for charter.

Trans Bharat Aviation

Operates 2 Beech 99, one Piper Seneca-IV aircraft, 2 Bell 206 and one Bell 407 helicopter

Taj Air

Fleet includes two Falcon 2000 jets.

UB Air

UB Air has a fleet of two Bell 212s and one Alouette helicopter.

Orient Flights

A Chennai based air charter service provider with a fleet of Piper Seneca III, Beechcraft King Air and Beechjet 400

United Helicharters Pvt. Ltd.

A Chennai based air charter service provider with a fleet of 4 Bell 212, 2 Bell 412 and 2 Sikorsky S76 helicopters.

Club One Air

Provides fractional aircraft ownership with a fleet five Cessna Citation Excel's and Citation CII's, three Eurocopter EC135's and one turboprop.

Himalayan Heli Services

Specializes in mountain flying with a chopper fleet of two Cheetah/SA 315B and one Chetak SA 316 B.

Deccan Express Logistics

India's newest freighter operator under the brand Deccan 360 plans to fly (wef May 27) 5xweekly on a route covering Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hong Kong and Dubai with Airbus A310F equipment. The company also plans to acquire smaller capacity ATR aricraft for domestic cargo operations.


¹ Provisional data