AirAsia India to get 20 aircraft by 2018

AirAsia-India-CEO-Amar-AbrolHYDERABAD: AirAsia India plans to have a fleet size of 20 by the end of 2018, AirAsia India Chief Executive Amar Abrol said.

This would mean that AirAsia India would become eligible to operate on international routes. The airline will soon get its 8th aircraft.

“Our game plan, approved by the AirAsia Board, is to get roughly, over the course of 2017 or 2018, 20 aircraft. We ourselves want to get 20 aircraft as soon as possible. That will allow us to fly international. By end of 2018, I think we will be there (having 20 aircraft),” Abrol was quoted as saying at a press conference by the Press Trust of India.

He also announced that the airline would offer lifetime free flights to Indian gold medallists, and five years and three years of free flights to silver and bronze medallists at the Olympics and Paralympics.

“Indian athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals will be able to fly to any of the 120-plus destinations within AirAsia and AirAsia X’s extensive network in Asia, Australia and Africa,” Abrol said.

PTI quoted Abrol as saying that the company would soon get “millions of dollars” to meet its expansion plans. However, he did not give details.

Abrol said the low-cost carrier would be operating its latest aircraft between Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kochi from October 8.

AirAsia India currently flies to 11 destinations with hubs in Bengaluru and New Delhi covering Chandigarh, Jaipur, Guwahati, Imphal, Goa, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Kochi in its destination network, according to PTI.