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16 Jan 2023

India Aviation Industry Newsletter

Air India resumes non stop Bengaluru to San Francisco service

Air India, in line with its vision to strengthen and expand its global footprint is resuming its non-stop flight connecting Bengaluru to San Francisco. This will connect the world’s two tech hubs the original Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley of India. The flight will operate thrice a week on Fridays, Sundays and Wednesdays with the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft effective from 2nd December 2022.

Alliance Air and ATR Extend 20-Year Maintenance Partnership

Alliance Air announced the extension of their Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) for another five years.  The airline will benefit from the repair, overhaul, and pooling services of Line Replaceable Units, along with the availability and maintenance of propellers and landing gears for its fleet of two ATR 42-600 and 18 ATR 72-600. Alliance Air CEO M. Vineet Sood said “Our ATRs have been playing a strategic role in enabling us to offer our communities quick, comfortable, and reliable access to essential services. 20 years ago, we decided to optimise our operations and maintenance activities with the ATR GMA. 20 years later, we reaffirm our trust in the manufacturer’s expertise, looking forward to reaching the next significant milestone of 25 years of a win-win partnership.”

Akasa Air commences operations from Goa

Akasa Air inaugurated its maiden flight  from Goa, the 12th city on its growing network on Wednesday 11 January 2023 using Boeing 737-8 Max aircraft operating double daily flights to Bengaluru and Mumbai. Goa is one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, with the airline’s market entry will cater to the travel demand, further driving economic growth by increasing the tourist  footprint. Akasa Air Co-Founder, and Chief Commercial Officer Praveen Iyer said “We are pleased to take off from our 12th destination within five months of our  commercial launch. To strengthen our domestic connectivity, we are delighted to be able to connect the  city of beaches with Mumbai and Bengaluru. We are constantly expanding our network with an aircraft  arriving every 15 days to fulfil our goal of developing a strong pan-India presence”.  

IndiGo achieves 300 aircraft milestone

IndiGo has announced that its fleet reached the 300 milestone with the recent delivery of an ATR72-600. The carrier’s strong fleet will help in catering to the growing passenger volume, as Indian aviation marks recovery and growth in 2023. IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers said, “We are excited to announce that our fleet size now stands at 300 aircraft, giving wings to our ambitions. We have recently expanded operations across west, east, and north-east India as well as the middle east. The strong fleet will help us cater to emerging travel demands with the addition of capacity across domestic and international destination shores. We will strive to stay true to our promise of affordable fares, on-time performance, courteous and hassle-free service across a wide network.”

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