Air India Express

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Air India Express
Air India Express Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
IX AXB EXPRESS INDIA
Founded May 2004
Commenced operations 29 April 2005
Operating bases
Focus cities
Alliance Star Alliance (affillate)
Fleet size 17
Destinations 26
Company slogan "Simply Priceless"
Parent company Air India Limited
Headquarters Kochi
Key people Rohit Nandan (Chairman)
K. Shyamsundar (CEO)
Website www.airindiaexpress.in

Air India Express is a low-cost subsidiary of Air India. It has its corporate office in Kochi and maintains an engineering base at Thiruvananthapuram. It operates about 100 flights per week from South India to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The airline is owned by Air India Limited as a subsidiary.

Overview[edit]

Air India Express is a subsidiary of Air India and operates mostly from South India to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The airline began operations on 29 April 2005 with a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Abu Dhabi. The airline was initially owned by Air India Charters Limited before becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India Limited.

Being a low cost airline, the airline operates point to point flights without any hub. In December 2012, the Air India board ratified the proposal to move the headquarters to Kochi in January 2013 and for establishing a new MRO base at Thiruvananthapuram.[1][2]

Destinations[edit]

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.[3]

Fleet[edit]

The airline took delivery of the first aircraft on 22 February 2005 when it leased a new Boeing 737-86Q from Boullioun Aviation Services. Air India had originally planned to convert 3 of its existing Boeing 777 orders into 10-11 Boeing 737 MAX orders but later decided to stick with the original order.[4] As of March 2015, Air India Express fleet included the following aircraft:[5]

Air India Express Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
(Economy)
Notes
Boeing 737-800 17 8 189 8 Aircraft Being Leased[6]
Total 17 8

Each Air-India Express aircraft features a different tail design that reflects a facet of Indian culture, history and tradition.

Air-India Express liveries
Registration Left Tail Photo Right tail Photo
1 VT-AXA[A] Pooram Boeing 737-86Q, Air-India Express AN1285014.jpg Pushkar Fair Air India Express Boeing 737-800 SDS-6.jpg
2 VT-AXB[A] Rangoli Air India Express VT-AXB left MRD.jpg Kite Boeing 737-8BK, Air-India Express JP452761.jpg
3 VT-AXC[A] Sitar Boeing 737-8BK, Air-India Express AN1142972.jpg Tabla
4 VT-AXD Nilavilakku Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1124075.jpg Diya

Air India Express.jpg

5 VT-AXE Kathakali Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1142976.jpg Bharatanatyam VT-AXE at Cochin International Airport.jpg
6 VT-AXF Konark Sun Temple Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1127991.jpg Taj Mahal
7 VT-AXG Indian jewellery Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1124078.jpg Indian Saree Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1469853.jpg
8 VT-AXH India Gate Boeing 737-8HJ, Air India Express AN1157698.jpg Gateway of India
9 VT-AXI Rajput painting Air India Express Boeing 737-800; VT-AXI@SIN;07.08.2011 617bz (6068856789).jpg Ragamala paintings Air India Express Boeing 737-800; VT-AXI@SIN;07.08.2011 617ca (6068857613).jpg
10 VT-AXJ Red Fort Boeing 737-8HJ, Air India Express AN1177365.jpg Gwalior Fort Boeing 737-8HJ, Air-India Express JP7279145.jpg
11 VT-AXM Mehrangarh Fort Air India Express VT-AXM left MRD.jpg Mysore Palace Air India Express VT-AXM right MRD.jpg
12 VT-AXN Hawa Mahal Air India Express VT-AXN left Karakas.jpg Ujjayanta Palace Boeing 737-8HJ, Air-India Express JP7288034.jpg
13 VT-AXP Hamsa Damayanthi Boeing 737-8HJ, Air India Express AN1285010.jpg Ravi Varma Art Boeing 737-8HJ, Air-India Express JP7165203.jpg
14 VT-AXQ Qutub Minar Boeing 737-8HJ, Air India Express AN1224296.jpg Jantar Mantar Air India Express B737-800(VT-AXQ) (4336474987).jpg
15 VT-AXR Snake Boat Race Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN1470632.jpg Kalaripayattu Air India Express trz airport.jpg
16 VT-AXT Indian peacock Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN1288593.jpg Painted stork Air India Express VT-AXT right MRD.jpg
17 VT-AXU Bihu Air India Express VT-AXU.jpg Garba Air India Express VT-AXU right MRD.jpg
18 VT-AXV[B] Victoria Memorial Konark Sun Temple Air India Express Boeing 737-800 SDS-1.jpg
19 VT-AXW Sanchi Stupa Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN1462021.jpg Charminar
20 VT-AXX Indian beaches Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN1404674.jpg Himalayas Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN1444512.jpg
21 VT-AXZ Dal Lake Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN1624189.jpg Thar Desert Air India Express VT-AXZ right MRD.jpg
22 VT-AYA Ellora Caves Ajanta Caves
23 VT-AYB White tiger Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN2080238.jpg Chital VT-AYB (15517656866).jpg
24 VT-AYC Naga Shawl Pataola Saree
25 VT-AYD Nagaland Folk Dance Boeing 737-8HG, Air-India Express AN1887646.jpg Manipuri Dance Air India Express Boeing 737-800 Spijkers.jpg
  • ^ Have been returned to Lessors
  • ^ Lost in crash

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramavarman, T. "Shifting of Air India Express headquarters to Kochi gets nod." Times of India. 14 December 2012. Retrieved on 5 February 2013.
  2. ^ Staff Reporter. "Air India Express route scheduling from city soon." The Hindu. 7 January 2013. Retrieved on 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ Air India Express to connect Delhi
  4. ^ Air India nixes proposal
  5. ^ Air India Express : About Us
  6. ^ "Perfect 10 for Air India Express". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jet crash kills 158 in India; 8 survive". 2010-05-23. 
  8. ^ "Indian official: 158 dead in Air India plane crash in Mangalore". Wire Update/BNO News. 2010-05-22. 
  9. ^ "Air India flight from Dubai crashes in India". MSNBC. 2010-05-21. 
  10. ^ "Casualties feared in Air India crash". CNN. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "India plane crash in Mangalore leaves nearly 160 dead". BBC News. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 

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