Indian airlines to induct more than 900 aircraft in coming years

Vastavam web: Indian airlines are likely to induct more than 900 aircraft in the coming years, with IndiGo alone expected to add 448 planes, according to official data.India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world and most airlines have ambitious expansion plans, especially to tap the potential on regional routes.Along with other carriers, the total number of aircraft to be inducted by the domestic players would be more than 900.

With an existing fleet of 150 planes, IndiGo is readying to add another 448 aircraft 399 A320s and 49 ATRs in the next seven to eight years.According to the data, which was recently submitted to Parliament as part of a Lok Sabha written reply, AirAsia India would induct 60 planes in the next five years. Currently, the budget carrier has 14 aircraft.Legacy carrier Jet Airways which has 107 aircraft would take 81 B737-8 MAX planes during 2018-2024 period. It would also add five B737-800s this fiscal ending March 2018, as per the data.Among others, full service carrier Vistara would induct five aircraft next year that would expand its current fleet of 17 planes.TruJet, which now has four planes, would add six aircraft each year from 2018-2022. These would be ATR72-500/600, the ministry data showed.