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.
|Jet Airways||840||1078 (inc. JetLite)||870|
A regional airline based in Vijayawada launched commercial service in Oct 2013 with flights connecting six destinations in India.
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 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.
|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 2.26 million passengers in 2008-09 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 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 (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 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.
Jet 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.
Go Air, promoted by the Wadia Group operates flights to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bengalore, Chandigarh, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Patna, Pune and Srinagar. Go Air's fleet consists of 13 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.
IndiGo, India's largest airline (passengers carried) operates a large fleet of 64 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.|
Operates a fleet of 36 helicopters comprising of 18 Dauphin SA365N, 9 Dauphin AS 365N3, 3 Bell 206L4, 4 Bell 407 and 2 MI-172.
Jagson Airlines' fleet consists of three 20-seater Dornier-228's and one Chetak-III helicopter. Jagson flies from its base in Delhi to Kulu and Shimla and from Mumbai and Pune to Shirdi. Jagson has operates two 26-seater MI-172 helicopters in the North Eastern states.
|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.
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.
|Announced New Airlines|
Listed below are publicly announced new startup airlines with no flight operations currently.
This Hyderabad-based cargo company has placed an order for six Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft with the first delivery expected by 2009-10.
The Chennai based airline has announced plans to launch air services with an initial fleet of three 50-seater CRJ jets. The first service will connect Chennai with Madurai.
¹ Provisional data