India is the largest country in South Asia. Therefore, air transportation is one of the main transportation in this country. In India, there are two types of airlines operating in state and non-government airlines. Air India is the only state-owned airline among the Indian airlines. The following is a list of Indian airlines. This is a list of existing and operational airline service providers in India.
Air India (known as Air India Air Transport Services Limited) is the airline of flag of India headquartered at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, covers various destinations nationally and internationally with a fleet composed of aircraft of the manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. It is the main and oldest airline in India and its corporate headquarters are the Air India Building located in Nariman Point south of Mumbai. Air India has two main operations centers nationwide: in Mumbai and New Delhi, in addition to other international operation centers in Frankfurt, Germany and London, United Kingdom. Air India was founded 15 of October of 1932 under the name Tata Airlines, the company was responsible for the transportation of mail from Karachi to Bombay via Ahmedabad and made an airplane type: De Havilland Puss Moth, to the end cover said route the plane continued to Madras and was under the command of Captain Nevill Vincent. After the end of World War II, commercial air operations were re-founded in India and it was July 29 of 1946 when the airline began transporting passengers under the name by which it is known today: Air India.
AirAsia India is an airline that operates domestic flights in India and Pakistan. It is owned by the Malaysian group AirAsia Berhad and the Indian groups Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace. AirAsia is the first foreign airline to operate a subsidiary in India. AirAsia India is based in Chennai and its main airport in Bengaluru. It began operations on 12 June 2014. Since October 2012 AirAsia had an interest in operating a subsidiary in India. In February 2013, the group expressed interest in the Foreign Investment Promotion Council (FIPB). A month later the FIPB allowed him to rent airplanes and transport cargo. AirAsia received permission to transport passengers on March 6. The group officially established its airline on March 28, 2013, as AirAsia (India) Pvt. Ltd. In early May 2014, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted AirAsia India its Air Operator Certificate. Its first flight came from Bengaluru to Goa on 12 June 2014. In June 2015, the airline opened another connection center in Delhi to expand its operations in North India. In August 2015, Tata Sons increased its stake in AirAsia India to 40.06% and could increase it to 48%.
SpiceJet is a low cost airline based in Delhi, India. It began operating in May 2005 and in 2008, it was the second largest low-cost airline in India in terms of market share. SpiceJet was voted the best low cost airline in South Asia and Central Asia by Skytrax in 2007. Due to the increase in the price of fuel and the increase in competition SpiceJet suffered losses in the first quarter of 2008-09. In August 2008, SpiceJet announced its plan to obtain one hundred million dollars of foreign investment. SpiceJet was initially known as Royal Airways, a reincarnation of ModiLuft. It is directed by Ajay Singh and the Kansagra family. SpiceJet entered service with rates of Rs 99. in its first 99 days, with 9,000 seats available at this rate. This promotion was followed by another ticket at 999 Rs. on some routes. On July 15, 2008, millionaire Wilbur Ross suggested investing eighty million dollars of his own (one 345 billion Rs) in the low-cost airline. The SpiceJet board accepted an offer from the US firm PE that would involve an investment of 345 billion Rs for SpiceJet, a business then shared between SpiceJet and WL Ross & Co.
Vistara is an Indian airline based in Gurgaon and main airport in Delhi. It is a strategic alliance between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines. It began operations on January 9, 2015 with a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. As of September 2015, the airline flies to 12 destinations in India with a fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Vistara is the first airline to introduce the premium economy class on flights within India. Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines had tried to create an Indian airline in the 1990s, but the Government of India denied its proposal. When the Government began to allow foreign investments of up to 49%, the groups again became interested in creating the airline. They imagined it as a premium airline for business travelers, in a country dominated by low-cost airlines. The groups formed a strategic alliance, which was approved by the Foreign Investment Promotion Council in October 2013. Singapore Airlines has a 49% stake and Tata Sons has a 51% stake. This is the second important entry of Tata Sons in the aviation sector, after Tata Airlines (now Air India).
IndiGo or Indigo Aviation is an Indian low-cost airline with the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and headquarters in Gurgaon. It is the largest airline in the domestic market of India. IndiGo was founded in 2005 by InterGlobe Enterprises and Investments. In 2006 an alliance was entered into with Kingfisher Airlines, GoAir and Air Deccan. In mid-2015, the company announced plans to apply for a stock exchange listing in India. If the plans continue, the company will receive a total market value of $4 billion. The IPO was launched on 27 October 2015. With an issue, around €450 million is raised, making it the largest IPO in India since 2012. In 2017, IndiGo transported more than 46 million passengers. The airline had a market share of 41 percent in June 2018 for passengers on domestic flight connections. IndiGo mainly flies with Airbus aircraft. In 2005 the company ordered 100 A320s. In 2011 an order of 180 aircraft was added and IndiGo was the first Indian company to choose the extra fuel-efficient A320neo for 150 of the 180 aircraft.
Air India Express is an airline low cost in India with headquarters in Trivandrum International Airport. It is a subsidiary of the Air India airline and covers different destinations nationally and internationally with a fleet of Boeing aircraft. The company is part of the National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL) and served to merge Indian Airlines with Air India. The airline was founded in May of 2004 but began operations formally the 25 of April of 2005 on route from Thiruvananthapuram to Abu Dhabi, being the result of the merger between Air India and Indian Airlines ordered by the Government of India which is the majority shareholder of both airlines. The 2nd of October, 2006 the advertised flights to Amritsar and Mangalore, on 6 December of the same year received the first Boeing 737-800. On March 25 of 2007 the flights to be launched Colombo, on 24 September from Nagpur to Dubai, on October 7 from Kolkata to Singapore, on October 28 of Jaipur and Lucknow to Dubai and Chennai to Kuala Lumpur. Between June and July of 2008 it begins to flight Kozhikode, Kochi and Mangalore to Kuwait and from Bombay to Dhaka, in addition to Kolkata to Bangkok and Singapore. In 30 of April 2009 begins operations Hyderabad to Dubai and Chennai and Tiruchirapalli to Abu Dhabi.
Air Deccan (Air, Harford Deccan) is a regional Indian Airlines, which Deccan Charter is a branch of the organization. From December 25, 2017, Beechcraft launched airlifting to four destinations based on Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. In the past, an airline of the same name existed in India, but since 2008 it has merged with Kingfisher Airlines and the name Air Decan has disappeared. The businessman, GR Gopinath, revived the Air Deccan brand and launched service on December 23, 2017. In operation, the UDAN system was used through Deccan Charters, an existing charter airline. It has service to eight cities on India domestic flights only, where competition is low.
GoAir is a low cost airline based in Mumbai, India. It operates passenger cabotage flights to eleven cities with 385 weekly flights. Its main base is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. The airline was founded in June 2004. On June 9, 2005 GoAir announced its intention to begin operations in October 2005 with a fleet of twenty rented Airbus A320s. Its initial flights would be in the southern and western areas of India with the first nine A320s, while the remaining eleven aircraft would be added the following year. At that time the airline was negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing to acquire between twenty and forty new aircraft, in order to close a contract at the end of 2005 and begin deliveries in 2007. It began operating on November 4, 2005. An order for ten aircraft of the Airbus A320 family (with an option to ten more) was announced in July 2006. GoAir announced in mid-January 2007 that it intended to sell part of the company to continue its expansion plan with these new funds as well as improve aircraft procurement Additional A320.
TruJet is a low-cost airline that has operated regional flights in India since July 2015. Its base of operations is at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. The airline has developed a network that connects several medium-sized cities in the country. In September 2017, TruJet was flying to eleven destinations with four ATR-72 aircraft. TruJet's first flight left Hyderabad for Tirupati on July 12, 2015. The airline had two ATR-72 planes when it started operating. The general director of the airline at that time, Vankayalapti Umesh, said he had learned a lot through his experiences with two airlines that no longer operated: Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines. The airline focuses on selling cheap tickets for flights between medium-sized cities in India. As a low-cost airline, it has decided to buy low-capacity aircraft that do not weigh much. As a result, you don't have to pay high fees for fuel and to land. TruJet has its base of operations in Hyderabad. In September 2017, the airline used four ATR-72 aircraft to link eleven cities in India.
Alliance Air is a regional airline and subsidiary of Air India. It was created in 1996 as a subsidiary of Indian Airlines, which merged with Air India in 2007. The company has established a network of 55 destinations in India as of May 2019 and uses a fleet of ATR aircraft. Indian Airlines founded Alliance Air in April 1996 as a low-cost subsidiary that would carry out regional flights linking the parent company's connection centers with the smallest cities in the country. Indian Airlines also wanted to make better use of its Boeing 737 fleet, so it rented 12 of these aircraft through a wet-lease agreement. The subsidiary made its first flight on June 21, 1996. In 2002, Alliance Air served 44 destinations throughout India using 11 Boeing 737-200 aircraft. The company became an Air India subsidiary when the latter merged with Indian Airlines in 2007. Air India initially changed the airline's name to Air India Regional, but decided to rename it Alliance Air in 2017. The subsidiary also adopted a new logo that includes a centaur and is in fact the old Air India logo. Alliance Air operates in 55 cities in India as of May 2019 has established bases in Bangalore, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Visakhapatnam.
Zoom Air is an Indian airline based in Gurgaon. Flight operations began on February 15, 2017. Currently operated by Zoom Air Durgapur Calcutta, New Delhi and Mumbai with daily connections. The following expansion stages are to be served: Delhi, Durgapur, Kolkata, Dharamshala, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Allahabad, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Mumbai, Surat, Vizag, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad, Aizawl, Shilong, Jorhat. New Delhi and Calcutta will serve as the hub. As of January 2018, the Zoom Air fleet consists of four Bombardier CRJ200ERs with an average age of 14.8 years, three of which are inactive.
Star Air is a regional airline in India based at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, Karnataka. It began operations in January 2019 offering flights to other cities of Karnataka and the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. These flights are part of the central government's program called "Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik", which aims to promote regional connectivity in the country. The company employs two Embraer 145 LR aircraft for its services. Ghodawat Enterprises, the parent company of Star Air, requested permission from the central government in March 2017 to establish the airline. Star Air acquired its first aircraft, an Embraer 145 LR, in June 2018. received its Air Operator Certificate in early January 2019 and announced that it would make flights in collaboration with "Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik", an initiative of the central government. Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport was chosen as the airline's operational base. Its first flight left Bangalore on January 25, 2019 for Hubli. They started flights to Tirupati as well.