Air India Express
|Commenced operations||29 April 2005|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affillate)|
|Company slogan||"Simply Priceless"|
|Parent company||Air India Limited|
|Key people||Chairman:Rohit Nandan
CEO: K. Shyamsundar
Air India Express is a low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India with Corporate office in Kochi and engineering base in Thiruvananthapuram. It operates services to the Middle East and Southeast Asia and has about 175 flights per week. The airline was owned by Air India Charters Limited, a subsidiary of Air India Limited but is now owned by it directly.
Air India Express is a subsidiary of Air India and operates mostly from the Indian state of Kerala to the Middle East and Southeast Asia and has about 100 flights per week. The airline was owned by Air India Charters Limited, a subsidiary of Air India Limited but is now owned by it directly. The airline began operations on 29 April 2005 with a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Abu Dhabi. Delivery of the first aircraft for Air India Express took place on 22 February 2005 when the airline leased a new production Boeing 737-86Q from Boullioun Aviation Services. As of February 2014 the airline had a 20 plane fleet, which included the Boeing 737-800.
Being a low cost airline, the airline operates point to point O/D flights without any hub as such. In December 2012 the Air India director board ratified the proposal to move the headquarters to Kochi in January 2013 and a new MRO base at Thiruvananthapuram. K.C. Venugopal, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said that the move would occur in phases, beginning with the opening of the Kochi office on 1 January (New Year's Day).
Air India Express operates 100 flights per week, mainly from southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala in India. Air India Express is planning to launch direct flights from Delhi to destinations in Central Asia and Middle East from early 2016.
|Boeing 737-800||17||8||189||8 Aircraft Being Leased|
Accidents and incidents
On 22 May 2010, Air India Express Flight 812, a Boeing 737-800 (registered VT-AXV), flying on the Dubai–Mangalore route overshot runway 24 on landing at Mangalore Airport, killing 152 passengers and six crew members of the 166 people on board. The aircraft crashed into a wooded valley at the end of the runway and burst into flames. There were eight survivors and eight scheduled passengers who did not board the aircraft.
On 25 May 2010, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 flying from Dubai to Pune, India experienced a sudden 7,000 foot drop when the co-pilot bumped the control column while adjusting his seat. The captain, who was outside of the cockpit at the time of the incident, returned to the cockpit and recovered the 737 from its dive.
Each Air-India Express aircraft features a different tail design that reflects a facet of Indian culture, history and tradition.
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