Indian domestic scheduled operators carried 81.1 million passengers in 2015, an increase of 20 per cent over 2014. The first third of 2016 witnessed a growth rate of 23% as passenger volumes reach 30.94 million.
|Airline||Total Monthly Passengers Carried
|2015||Jan-Nov (in millions)|
|Jet Airways Group||16.6|
|Jet Lite (JetKonnect)||204|
|Jet Airways||840||1078 (inc. JetLite)||870|
AirAsia India operates flights to 10 destinations in India incl. Bengaluru (hub), Chandigarh, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Delhi, Pune and Vizag carrying 1.4 million passengers in 2015, its second year of operation.
A regional airline based in Vijayawada launched commercial service in Oct 2013 with flights connecting the following nine destinations in India: Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Tirupati, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The airline operated 32 daily flights in Dec '15 and carried 730 000 passengers in 2015.
Air 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 Chicago in the west, Frankfurt in the north, Tokyo in the east and Melbourne in the south. Air India earned a total revenue of ca ₹213 billion and carried 15.3 million passengers (excl. Air India Express) in the year ended March 2014.
|Air India Express|
Air 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 million passengers in 2013-14 and operates over 200 flights a week to 14 international destinations.
|Air India / Indian (IC)|
Indian, 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 ₹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 (old livery) Airbus A320-231 Reg. VT-EPS Taxiing at Delhi IGI Airport (VIDP/DEL) - © Timir Mozumder
|Air India Regional (Alliance Air)|
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 ₹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.
Air Pegasus operates regional flights within South India from its base at Bengaluru Airport. The airline carried 117 000 passengers in 2015.
Jet Airways' fleet includes long-range widebodied Boeing 777, 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 ₹ 201 billion while 22.5 million revenue passengers were carried in 2014-15. 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.
Go Air, promoted by the Wadia Group operates flights to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi and Srinagar. Go Air's fleet consists of 19 Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Go Air carried 6.9 million passengers in 2015. The airline operates over 140 daily flights to 21 destinations.
IndiGo, India's largest airline (passengers carried) operates a large fleet of 102 Airbus A320 aircraft. Indigo carried over 21.4 million domestic passengers in 2014. The airline operates over 750 daily flights to 39 destinations. IndiGo has 430 A320neo jets on order, deliveries of which commenced in March 2016. The deliveries would be finalized within ten years.
|JetKonnect (now Jet Airways)|
Jet Airways acquired the ertswhile Air Sahara in April 2007 and renamed it as JetLite which was rebranded in 2012 to JetKonnect. JetKonnect has now integrated with Jet Airways.Left pic: An Air Sahara Boeing 737 at Bangalore's Hindustan Airport, now part of the JetLite fleet.
SpiceJet flies to 34 Indian and 7 international destinations. The airline carried 2.7 million passengers in Q1 2015/16 and currently operates around 290 daily flights. SpiceJet operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800/900ER and Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft in addition to a couple of wet-leased Airbus A319 jets.
Hyderabad based TruJet operates 16 daily flights to the following destinations: Tirupati, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Vijaywada and Rajahmundry. The airline carried 114 000 passengers in 2015.
Vistara flies to 12 destinations in India and operates approx. 455 flights a week. It's main hub is at Delhi IGIA. Vistara carried 1.07 million passengers in 2015. Kolkata will be the airline's 13th destination wef June '16.
Kingfisher Airlines, one of India's major airlines, suspended all flight operations in Oct '12.
A 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.
Gurgaon-based MDLR Airlines offered flights between from Delhi to Chandigarh, Kullu, Ranchi, Lucknow, Kolkata and Goa. MDLR's fleet comprised of tthree British Aerospace Avro RJ70 jet aircraft, the only Avro jets (RJ70) ever to be operated by an Indian carrier. The 70-seater aircraft were configured in a two class layout, 6 business and 64 in economy class.
Simplifly 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.
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.
|Crescent Air Cargo Services|
Operates cargo flights within India, Colombo and Male with a single Fokker F-27 MK50 aircraft.
|Deccan Air Cargo|
|Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd.|
Pawan Hans operates a fleet of 53 helicopters (46 are owned by the company) comprising of 18 Dauphin SA365N18, 17 Dauphin AS 365N3, 3 Bell 206L4, 3 Bell 407, 2 AS 350 B3 and 3 Mil Mi-172. Jal Hans is a seaplane service operating a Cessna 208A in the Andaman Islands. Revenues amounted to ₹ 5.3 billion in 2014-15.
|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)..
Operates one Hawker 125-700B executive jet and one King Air C-90A turbo-prop.
Operates two Ecureil and one M-172 helicopter.
Operates three Fokker F27-200's
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
Fleet includes two Falcon 2000 jets.
UB Air has a fleet of two Bell 212s and one Alouette helicopter.
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