Alliance Air (India)
|Commenced operations||21 June 1996|
|Frequent-flyer program||Flying returns|
|Alliance||Star Alliance (affiliate)|
|Parent company||Air India Limited|
|Revenue||₹602 crore (US$84 million) (FY 2017-18)|
|Profit||₹-264 crore (US$−37 million) (FY 2017-18)|
|Total equity||₹402.25 crore (US$56 million) (FY 2017-18)|
|Employees||602 (as of 31 March 2018)|
Alliance Air is an Indian regional airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India. It was founded in 1996 and mainly operates domestic routes as part of the government's Regional Connectivity Scheme.
Alliance Air was founded in April 1996 as a subsidiary of Indian Airlines. The parent company wished to make better use of its Boeing 737 fleet, so it wet-leased 12 of these aircraft to Alliance Air. The subsidiary operated its first flight on 21 June 1996. Alliance Air served as a low-cost feeder airline for Indian Airlines, providing connections to the latter's hubs from various smaller cities across the country. In 2002 the airline was offering flights to 44 destinations in India utilizing a fleet of 11 Boeing 737-200s.
In 2007, when Indian Airlines was merged with Air India, it became the regional arm of Air India operating under a new identity as Air India Regional. In March 2017, the airline was again renamed Alliance Air.
Alliance Air operates to 64 destinations in India as of January 2020. It operates regional services in India through its hubs in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata and Mumbai. On 18 October 2019, the airline started its first international flight from Chennai to Jaffna, Sri Lanka but its commercial service started on 11 November 2019. Alliance air started its service from Agatti (Lakshadweep) to Kozhikode (Calicut) to Bengaluru on 20 November 2019.
An Alliance Air aircraft landing in New Delhi
An ATR 72-600 belonging to Alliance Air, parked at Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore
Accidents and incidents
- Alliance Air Flight 7412 was scheduled to fly between Kolkata and Delhi via Patna and Lucknow on 17 July 2000. On approach to Patna Airport the Boeing 737-200 entered into a stall and crashed into a housing complex two kilometres from the runway, killing 55 of the 58 occupants of the aircraft, in addition to five people on the ground. The Ministry of Civil Aviation deemed pilot error as the likely cause of the accident.
- Air India Limited
- Air India
- Air India Express
- Air India Cargo
- Air India Air Transport Services
- Indian Airlines
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