Jan 7: In 2018, as many as 100 planes were inducted into their fleets by the Indian domestic carriers. An industry listing has revealed that around half of the aircraft were inducted by low fare carrier IndiGo. Over 120 aircraft, including the twin, single-aisle carriers and regional jets, were inducted by nine major Indian carriers. In the year 2017, the air companies introduced around 88 planes.
Over the past four years, domestic air passenger grew 20 per cent. The capacity addition of the aircraft and various other factors have backed the growth in domestic passengers. Reports suggest that the majority of the aircraft that were inducted by four major carriers – IndiGo, GoAir, Air India and Vistara – were the Airbus A320 neos. The companies took delivery of more than 60 Airbus A320 neos when compared to other types of aircraft.
As of now, around 660 planes are owned by the major Indian flyers. Including the A320 neos, IndiGo, the low fare carrier has the highest of 206 planes. The Air India fleet comprises 125 flights while Jet Airways owns 124 aircraft.
In the year 2018, when IndiGo introduced 55 aircraft, Air India along with it subsidiaries launched 18 flights. GoAir and SpiceJet added 16 and 14 aircraft respectively to its fleet. Among the 55 aircraft introduced by IndiGo, it launched its first long-range A321 neo.
The A320 neos introduced by IndiGo and GoAir are powered by Pratt &Whitney engines. Meanwhile, CFM engine powers Air India and Vistara A320 neo planes. Since 2011, an order of 1,115 planes was made by the flyers including IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara with global aircraft makers.