|Commenced operations||November 2005|
|Company slogan||Fly Smart|
|Parent company||Wadia Group|
|Headquarters||Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Key people||Jehangir Wadia (MD)
Giorgio De Roni (CEO)
|Profit||104.34 million (US$1.7 million) (2013)|
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GoAir is an Indian low-cost airline based in Mumbai. It commenced operations in November 2005. It is the aviation foray of the Wadia Group. As of January 2014, it is the fifth largest airline in India by market share. It operates domestic passenger services to 21 cities with over 100 daily flights and approximately 750 weekly flights. Its hubs are at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
GoAir was founded in the year 2005 by Jehangir Wadia, the younger son of eminent Indian industrialist Nusli Wadia. The airline marked the entry into the critical aviation sector for the Wadia Group, an Indian business conglomerate famous for its companies like Bombay Dyeing and Britannia Industries. The Wadia group wholly owns the airline. Jehangir Wadia is also the Managing Director (MD) of the airline. GoAir launched its operations in November 2005 using Airbus A320 aircraft.
Since January 2007, GoAir has been recording an average load factor of 86%. But the airline's growth has been slow, with other airlines established at the same time such as IndiGo and SpiceJet having overtaken GoAir in terms of market share, fleet size and destinations served as of 2013. However, according to Wadia and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Giorgio De Roni, the slow growth of the airline is a company strategy taken up due to the tough aviation environment in India, as a result of which the focus is on maintaining profitability rather than on capturing market share and increasing the destinations and fleet size.
In April 2012, the airline moved from sixth and last place to fifth in terms of market share due to the financial crisis at Kingfisher Airlines. But following the grounding of Kingfisher Airlines, the airline once again has the lowest market share (8.8%) as of January 2014.
GoAir operates to 21 destinations in India, with over 100 daily flights and approximately 750 weekly flights. Due to the small size of its fleet (only 15 aircraft), GoAir is not allowed to run international flights as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, but in 2012 the airline has applied for a waiver regarding the same to the ministry which is yet to be approved.
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Jammu & Kashmir
- Tamil Nadu
- Uttar Pradesh
- West Bengal
In order to reduce operational overhead, GoAir's fleet consists of only Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a maximum capacity of 180 passengers. Soon after the airline commenced operations, it had ordered 20 A320 aircraft. As of February 2014, GoAir operates 15 such aircraft and the average fleet age is 3.1 years.
|Airbus A320-200||18||—||180||One owned and 15 dry leased
Five equipped with Sharklets (VT-GOL,VT-GOM,VT-GON,VT-GOO & VT-GOP)
||Deliveries begin 2015|
In June 2011, GoAir placed an order for 72 Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) aircraft worth 324 billion (US$5.4 billion). These fuel-efficient, 180-seater aircraft are an upgraded version of the Airbus A320. Deliveries will begin from 2015, with an induction rate of 12-15 aircraft per year.
When GoAir first commenced operations, each of its aircraft in its fleet had a different coloured livery. Each aircraft was painted in colours like navy blue, pink, sky blue, orange, saffron, green and brown. But since 2011, the airline has shifted to a single-coloured livery, with grey being used. However, the livery theme has remained the same since the airline commenced operations. The theme is as follows-
- The bottom of the aircraft is painted in grey.
- The edges of the wings are also painted in grey. GoAir's official website www.GoAir.in is written on the engines, which have a grey background.
- The upper portion is given a white background along with the airline's official website (but without www) written in grey.
- The tail is also painted in grey, with the logo of GoAir written at the centre.
In July 2013, GoAir announced that will only hire lightweight female flight attendants over the next seven years in order to reduce fuel costs, but its 130 male attendants will not be terminated.
GoAir only offers economy class seating and does not offer a complimentary meal service to its passengers. However, there is a buy-on-board in-flight meal programme, selling Café Coffee Day snacks, sandwiches, parathas, cookies, nuts, soft drinks, mineral water and other beverages. Duty-free products are also available on board. Inflight entertainment systems are minimal, with only the official inflight magazine Go-Getter, published by the Bhaskar Group, being provided as a source of entertainment. GoAir does offer a premium service known as GoBusiness in which the passengers, at a higher fare, get seats in the first three rows of the aircraft as well as more space as the middle seat is guaranteed to remain unoccupied, as well as free meals and an increased luggage allowance. GoAir also offers a frequent flyer programme knows as GoClub, which is the first frequent flyer programme offered by a low-cost airline in India.
GoAir has won the following awards:
- Best Domestic Airline For Excellence in Quality and Efficient Service by Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (2008).
- Best Performing Airline by Airbus (2011).
GoAir flight taking-off at Chandigarh Airport
- GoAir frequent flyer program
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