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AirAsia India

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AirAsia India
AirAsia New Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
I5[1] IAD[1] RED KNIGHT[2]
Founded 28 March 2013; 4 years ago (2013-03-28)
Commenced operations 12 June 2014 (2014-06-12)
Hubs
Fleet size 13 (September 2017)
Destinations 17
Company slogan Now Everyone Can Fly
Headquarters Bengaluru, India[3]
Key people
Website www.airasia.com/in/en/home.page

AirAsia India is an Indian low cost carrier headquartered in Bengaluru, India. The airline is a joint venture with AirAsia Berhad holding 49% stake in the airline, Tata Sons holding 49%, R Venkataramanan holding 1.5 %, and S Ramodarai holding 1.5%, respectively, the last two holding other key positions in Tata Group. Air Asia India commenced operations on 12 June 2014 with Bangalore as its primary hub.

AirAsia is the first foreign airline to set up a subsidiary in India and the company marked Tata's return to the aviation industry after 60 years, having ceded Air India in 1946. As of May 2017, AirAsia India is the fourth largest low cost carrier in India, after IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir with a market share of 3.3%.

History[edit]

In February 2013, with the Indian government allowing a foreign direct investment of up to 49% in airlines, AirAsia Berhad applied to the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) seeking approval for commencing its operations in India.[4][5] In March 2013, AirAsia announced that it would establish a joint venture with Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace with Tata Sons representing the airline with two non-executive directors in the board.[6][7][8] The airliner planned to operate with the world's lowest unit cost of 1.25 (1.9¢ US) per available seat Kilometre and a passenger break-even load factor of 52%. It also planned to hedge 100% of its fuel requirements for the first three years and to achieve an aircraft turnaround time of 25 minutes.[9]

AirAsia planned to begin operations to various tier 2 and tier 3 cities with Chennai International Airport as its main operating base.[10] According to KPMG, the introduction of AirAsia was expected to cause another price war, ultimately leading to an increase in air traffic and some consolidation in the Indian aviation sector.[11] AirAsia initially invested an amount of US$50 million and in preparation for its operations in India, it struck deals with online and offline travel agents.[12][13] On 3 March 2013, the FIPB officially permitted AirAsia to rent or lease aircraft and to carry cargo on its scheduled flights. The airline then applied for permission to schedule aircraft and transport passengers,[14] which the FIPB accepted on 6 March.[15]

AirAsia India was established on 28 March 2013 and became the first foreign airline to set up a subsidiary in India.[16] [17] In April, the airline started recruiting candidates for pilots and cabin crew.[18] As the final procedure to obtain Air Operator Permit, a proving flight was conducted on 1 and 2 May 2014 flying from Chennai to Kochi, Bangalore and Kolkata.[19] On 7 May 2014, the DGCA issued an Air Operator Permit to the company.[20] On 30 May 2014, the airline announced the shifting of its base to Bangalore and its first flight from there to Goa.[21] AirAsia operated its maiden flight on 12 June 2014.[22][23] In June 2015, the airline made Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi its secondary hub for North Indian operations.[24] In August 2015, Tata Sons increased its stake to 40.06% from 30% earlier by injecting fresh equity while Telestra's share was reduced to 10% from 20%.[25][26] As of May 2017, AirAsia India is the fourth largest low cost carrier in India, far behind IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, with a market share of 3.3%.[27][28]

Corporate affairs[edit]

AirAsia India is headquartered in Chennai, India.[29] Prior to the airline's formation, Tony Fernandes, founder of AirAsia group, announced that he would like Ratan Tata to be the chairman of the airline; however the latter refused, though he later consented to being the chief advisor to the AirAsia India management board.[30][31] On 15 May 2013, AirAsia India appointed management consultant Mittu Chandilya as CEO.[32] A month later, on 17 June, S. Ramadorai, the non-executive vice-chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, was appointed as the chairman of the airline.[33] In April 2016, Amar Abrol replaced Mittu Chandilya as the CEO of the airline.[34]

Destinations[edit]

AirAsia India currently operates to the following destinations in India.

State City Airport Begin End Ref.
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam Airport 18 June 2015 present [35]
Assam Guwahati Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport 21 May 2015 present [36]
Chandigarh Chandigarh Chandigarh International Airport 5 September 2014 present [37]
Delhi Delhi Indira Gandhi International AirportHub 21 May 2015 present [36]
Goa Goa Goa International Airport 12 June 2014 present [23]
Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar Srinagar Airport 19 February 2017 present
Jharkhand Ranchi Birsa Munda Airport 15 April 2017 present [38]
Karnataka Bengaluru Kempegowda International AirportHub 12 June 2014 present [23]
Kerala Kochi Cochin International Airport 20 June 2014 present [39]
Maharashtra Pune Pune Airport 18 December 2014 present [40]
Manipur Imphal Imphal International Airport 25 June 2015 present [41]
Odisha Bhubaneswar Biju Patnaik International Airport 1 August 2017 present
Rajasthan Jaipur Jaipur International Airport 5 September 2014 present [37]
Tamil Nadu Chennai Chennai International Airport 19 June 2014 2 April 2015 [42]
Telangana Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport 22 September 2016 present [43]
West Bengal Bagdogra Bagdogra Airport 19 February 2017 present
West Bengal Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International AirportHub 15 April 2017 present [38]

Fleet[edit]

AirAsia India operates a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft

As of December 2017, AirAsia India operates the following aircraft:[44]

AirAsia India fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 13 1 180[45]
Total 13 1

Special Colours[edit]

On 21 March 2015, AirAsia India unveiled its fourth aircraft with a livery dedicated to aviation pioneer JRD Tata and the aircraft was christened as The Pioneer.[46] The sixth aircraft in the fleet joined in November and was registered as VT-APJ in honour of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. The same aircraft was later repainted in a Kabali livery, in honour of south Indian actor Rajinikanth's latest movie. [47]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Passengers' perceptions of low cost airlines and full service carriers". Cranfield University. 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tatas plan return flight with AirAsia on board". NDTV. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
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  12. ^ "FIPB approves AirAsia-Tata plan". The Hindu. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Air Asia to make strong sales pitch, ties up with portals, agents". Business Standard. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
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  23. ^ a b c "AirAsia India announces maiden flight from Bangalore to Goa for Rs 990". IBNLive. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "AirAsia looking for a third hub after Delhi". The Economic Times. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "ATata Sons increase AirAsia India stake to 41%". The Economic Times. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Tata group ramps up stake in Air Asia". Ch-aviation. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "India's domestic passenger demand up 25 percent: IATA". Business Standard. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  28. ^ Traffic Report (PDF) (Report). DGCA. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  29. ^ "AirAsia India shifts base to Bengaluru from Chennai". Times of India. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  30. ^ "AirAsia wants Ratan Tata to head JV". The Economic Times. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Ratan Tata to be the chief advisor to AirAsia India". The Economic Times. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "Singapore based Mittu Chandilya appointed CEO of Air Asia India". The Economic Times. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "AirAsia India appoints TCS' S Ramadorai as Chairman". The Economic Times. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  34. ^ "Meet Amar Abrol, AirAsia India's new CEO who is set to replace Chandilya". Hindustan Times. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  35. ^ "AirAsia India to start Bangalore-Visakhapatnam service from 18 June 2015". AirAsia India. 8 March 2016. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  36. ^ a b "AirAsia India set to launch flights from New Delhi". Business Standard. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "Air Asia adds Jaipur and Chandigarh". Air Asia (Press release). 24 July 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  38. ^ a b "Air Asia launches Kolkata Ranchi". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  39. ^ "Air Asia announces Kochi flights". NDTV. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  40. ^ "Airasia India launches services to Pune". New Indian Express. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  41. ^ "AirAsia Adds Another New Route, Fares Start At Rs. 1/Km". NDTV. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  42. ^ "Losses force Air Asia to terminate its first route". News Hub. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  43. ^ "AirAsia India outlines plans to expand fleet, network". Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
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  46. ^ "AirAsia India Unveils Aircraft With JRD Tata Livery Registered VT-JRT". NDTV. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  47. ^ "As a Tata company, we have done things the ethical way, says AirAsia MD & CEO Mittu Chandilya". The Economic Times. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 

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