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Air India Express is an Indian low-cost carrier airline based in Kochi, India.
The airline is a subsidary of the airline Air India and operated by Air India Charters Limited (ACL). The airline flies to 29 destinations within Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East with 550 flights per week.
Air India Express was founded in 2005 and launched 3 flights between Thiruvanathapuram, Kozhikode and Kochi.
The airline was launched as a low-cost carrier in order to provide convenient connectivity to short-haul international routes, in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for the indian expatriate community. As it is a low-cost carrier, the airline operates point-to-point flights without any hub. There is also an Air India Express Mobile App to ammend and modify bookings and passengers in-flight services.
19th September 2017
Air India Express commenced its fourth route to Singapore (SIN) on 15 September in the form of a four times weekly link from Madurai (IXM).
The 3,013-kilometre sector, which will no face direct competition and will be flown on the carrier’s 737-800s. Along with Madurai, Air India Express also links Singapore to Chennai, Kolkata and Tiruchirappalli. With the launch of flights between Madurai and Singapore, the latter is now connected to 16 destinations in India, served by a total of eight carriers on 241 weekly flights when referring to OAG schedules.
15th September 2017
Air India Express looks to scrap Pune-Dubai flight
The flight — the first international one from the city — has been making losses, a top official of the company said. Air India Express is a subsidiary company of Air India that is up for disinvestment.
"We are losing a lot of money on the flight. However, we are yet to make up our minds. We should be able to take a final call in a week or two. SpiceJet has got daily flights from Pune to Dubai," K. Shyamsundar, the CEO of Air India Express, told TOI.
The official admitted that bookings from November onwards were not being accepted. "The bookings on the flight are open until October-end. However, we have stopped taking bookings for November," the official added.
Sources said bookings being stopped is the first step of a company looking to stop flight operations.
"I was trying to book the flight to Dubai. I plan on traveling in November. However, when I couldn't find this flight to make my booking, I wrote to the customer care support of Air India Express. I got a message that said there is no flight available between the Pune-Dubai sector after October. It seems, the officials have already decided on it. For the Pune airport, which has got just four international direct flights, this is bad news," Arun Khatri, a Pune-based businessman told TOI.
Though Pune airport authorities had said that they are encouraging airlines to start international operations from Pune, no airline company has yet finalized the plans for the same. An official said, "We do not have clear information about the Air India Express flight, but it is a fact that airlines have not been very keen to start international flights from Pune despite encouragement. However, we are hopeful... any airline can come out with an announcement soon." An official said since Dubai is the gateway to the West, fewer direct flights to the destination from Pune was a trend that needed to be arrested.
Aviation analyst Dhairyashil Vandekar said Air India Express was a profit-making airline. "It is being managed professionally. But at times, considering the overview of the network, route economics need to be put in place. There are times when such decisions must be taken," he said.
7th August 2017
Air India Express launches direct Delhi-Madurai flight
Air India's low-cost arm Air India Express today announced the launch of direct flight between Delhi and Madurai with effect from September 15.
The introductory one-way fare offered on Delhi-Madurai sector starts from Rs 3,975 and the return journey fare starts from Rs 7,950, the airline said in a statement.
The service will be offered 4 x weekly i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
24th July 2017
Air India Express plans ways to boost brand visibility
No-frills airline Air India Express is preparing to bolster its brand visibility online, especially among the expatriates in West Asia and South East Asia, according to a tender document.
As it embarks on ambitious expansion plans, Air India Express has floated a tender soliciting interest from entities that can set up and manage "search engine marketing channels" for the airline.
17th July 2017
Air India Express has decided to start four services from Kochi to Doha from next month
In the first stage, the airline will launch three direct flight services to Doha from Kochi, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, from August 15 and one more will be launched by September 15, The New Indian Express has reported.
At present, Air India Express operates 14 flights per week between India and Doha, of which seven connect Kerala to Doha.
With four more services being added, there will be 11 flights to Doha from Kerala and a total of 18 flights from the country in a week.
The airline is planning to scale up its operations to Qatar, The Economic Times adds.
“We have rescheduled our operations to Qatar and are introducing new flights to Doha in the next two months,” CEO K Shyam Sundar was quoted as saying.
Air India Express has already enhanced operations to Qatar by offering additional flights from June 24 to address the increase in demand due to the blockade.
15th May 2017
Low-cost carrier announces three additional weekly flights
With competition growing in the Gulf aviation sector, Air India Express is working on ways to spread its wings further.
This low-cost Indian carrier has announced three additional weekly flights to Kochi from Abu Dhabi.
Air India Express travel consultant Abdul Salih said the service will come into effect from June 15.
Such an agreement, if reached with any of Abu Dhabi-, Dubai- or Sharjah-based airline, will add to passengers' comfort who take multiple flights.
The airline carries around 3.5 million passengers a year and has a fleet of 23 Boeing 737800 aircraft. At present, Air India Express flies to 15 international destinations.
India (Chandigarh; Chennai; Delhi; Jaipur; Kochi; Kolkata; Kozhikode; Lucknow; Mangalore; Mumbai; Pune; Surat; Thiruvanathapuram; Tiruchirappalli; Varanasi)
Kuwait (Kuwait City)
Oman (Muscat; Salalah)
Saudi Arabia (Dammam; Riyadh)
UAE (Abu Dhabi; Al Ain; Dubai; Ras al Khaimah; Sharjah)
Air India Express fleet consists of 23 Boeing 737-800. The capacity of the aircraft is approximately 180 seats.
An Air India Express Boeing 737-800
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