Monday, February 28, 2011

Air India Express set to expand network

Air India Express has inducted another B737-800 aircraft today thus increasing the fleet size to 21 aircraft, including seven leased aircraft.  The new aircraft inducted in the fleet today has ‘shikara on the Dal Lake in Kashmir’ on one side of the tail and an ‘image of a large expanse of the Rajasthan Desert’ on the other side.  The tail designs are an innovative and novel feature of the Air India Express fleet. Each of the aircraft showcases the picturesque landscapes, monuments, birds, animals, handicraft and dances of India on both sides of the tail.
With the induction of the new aircraft, Air India Express will further expand its operations.  Air India Express will launch its once a week flight to Dubai from Srinagar with this new aircraft with effect from February 14, 2009.  This will mark the commencement of international flights from the new Srinagar International Airport Terminal.  Air India Express is also proposing to increase  frequency on the Chennai-Trichy-Dubai route from three flights a week to seven flights a week and the existing flights on the Chennai-Hyderabad-Dubai route from three to four flights a week.  Air India Express will also increase the frequency of its flights from three to six flights a week on the Trichy-Kuala Lumpur sector.
Air India Express, India’s first international budget carrier, commenced operations on April 29, 2005, and today operates 176 weekly flights between 16 Indian cities viz. Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Delhi, Amritsar, Mangalore, Chennai, Tiruchirapally, Nagpur, Kolkota, Jaipur, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune and 14 International cities on the network, which are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, Muscat, Salalah, Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, Dhaka and Colombo.

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