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 Chairman:Rohit Nandan
CEO: K. Shyamsundar
Website www.airindiaexpress.in

Air India Express is a low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India with HQ in Cochin and MRO base at 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.

Overview[edit]

Air India Express Boeing 737-800 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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.[citation needed] 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.[1] 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).[2]

Destinations[edit]

Air India Express Boeing 737-800 at Mangalore International Airport
Air India Express Landing at Calicut

Air India Express operates 100 flights per week, mainly from southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala in India.[citation needed] 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]

As of March 2015, Air India Express fleet included the following aircraft:[4]

Air India Express Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
(Economy)
Notes
Boeing 737-800 17 8 189 8 Aircraft Being Leased[5]
Boeing 737 MAX 8 0 10 or 11 TBA being converted from 777 order[6]
Total 17 18 or 19

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 22 May 2010, Air India Express Flight 812, a Boeing 737-800 (registered VT-AXV), flying on the DubaiMangalore 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.[7][8][9][10][11]

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.[12][13][14]

Tail art[edit]

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] Thrissur Pooram elephant Boeing 737-86Q, Air-India Express AN1285014.jpg Pushkar Fair camel Air India Express Boeing 737-800 SDS-6.jpg
2 VT-AXB[A] Rangoli Air India Express VT-AXB left MRD.jpg Indian 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 (Oil lamp) Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1124075.jpg Diya (Oil lamp)

Air India Express.jpg

5 VT-AXE Kathakali dancer Boeing 737-8Q8, Air India Express AN1142976.jpg Bharatanatyam dancer 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 Schlamp, Rick. (2007-02-07) 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 Beach 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 elephant statue Ajanta cave painting
23 VT-AYB White tiger Boeing 737-8HG, Air India Express AN2080238.jpg Chital VT-AYB (15517656866).jpg
24 VT-AYC Naga Woollen 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
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