Indian Airways - Domestic Airline Industry in India

In the past few years, the Indian civil aviation sector has witnessed changes and growth of tremendous proportions. A number of new players have entered the arena and there are more waiting in the pipeline in form of state owned airlines and private companies too.

The passengers are truly benefiting from these new entries because they now have more number of options and hence are truly spoilt for choice. Gone are the days when air travel was the monopoly of the rich and powerful and only a minority of the people could afford it because nowadays with so many cheap airline carriers in the country, traveling in airplanes has become a commonplace, simpler as well as affordable traveling option. Especially with the private airlines coming up with a lot of attractive offers, discounts and bonuses for their passengers, the domestic airlines have now have become the layman’s vehicle and have revolutionized the way Indian passengers commute.

Some of the well known domestic airlines in India are:

NACIL (Air India and Indian Airways)

This is a government-owned company that was renamed as Air India on 26th October 2010. NACIL is an acronym for National Aviation Company of India Limited and it was on 30th March 2007 this company was incorporated under the Companies Act. It was created for facilitating the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, both of which happen to be state owned airlines. Its headquarters are located at the Air India Building in Nariman Point, Mumbai. As of January 2010, the carriers of NACIL have been found to connect a total of 93 destinations in 24 countries, which can be segregated into 33 international destinations and 60 domestic destinations.


Company website: Air India


Jet Airways

Jet Airways is the premier private airline of India. Currently, Naresh Goyal, the founder of the airline, is its chairperson. It is also the second largest airline in the country, the first being Kingfisher and has also been successful in bagging a number of awards owing to its world-class service.

Jet Airways was established on 1st April 1992 and its first fleet consisted of only four Boeing aircrafts, which provided 24 daily flights to 12 destinations. Over the years and after a lot of changes and improvements today, this airline boasts of a fleet of 85 aircrafts providing as many as 400 flights daily to 44 destinations in India. Jet Airways was also India’s first private airline to provide flights to international destinations. At present the airline provides international flights to 20 destinations including Toronto, Hong Kong, Muscat, New York, London and many more. Gradually, the airline has managed to mark its presence in the international circuit as well in addition to the domestic sector of civil aviation industry.

The company is quoted on BSE (Bombay stock exchange).


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Jet Airways
Jet Airways stock quote


Kingfisher Airlines

This is a private airline that is based in Bengaluru (Bangalore). At present it is the largest domestic airline in India. It provides world-class facilities to its passengers. Owned by Vijay Mallya, this airline commenced its operation on 9th May 2005 with an initial fleet of four planes but required only a short span of time to make an impact on the civil aviation industry with its brand new aircrafts and stylish red interiors. This was the first airline to operate using an entire fleet of new aircrafts, including the Airbus. Presently, the airline operates with 74 aircrafts. The airline also plans to expand its international presence by plying flights to various new international destinations.

This airline offers unique services to the passengers including personal valet services for the purpose of assisting in the handling of baggage and boarding, special lounges with refreshments and music, sleeperette seats with extendable footrests, extra-wide screens for each passengers and a three course gourmet cuisine. It is no wonder then that it enjoys a booming business propelled by a great track record of customer satisfaction.


Links:
Kingfisher Airlines


IndiGo

This is the latest entrant to India’s civil aviation space. The owner of this airline which uses low cost carriers is the InterGlobe Enterprises, a famous travel corporation. This airline targets those passengers who are in search of a punctual, comfortable and affordable airline to travel in. At present there is only one type of aircraft that IndiGo uses namely the A320-200 which can accommodate 180 passengers. Being a domestic airline, it offers flights to 19 destinations in India.

Aircraft engine


Links:
IndiGo


GoAir

Another low-cost carrier, based in Mumbai. It's owned by Jehangir Wadia, who is great-grandson of Pakistans founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It serves 21 national destinations and offers ca. 100 daily flights.


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GoAir


SpiceJet

Yet another low-cost airline in India which has its headquarters in the country’s capital, New Delhi, it was in May 2005 that the airline started its operation with the primary aim of being the most preferred affordable airline in India. SpiceJet makes flying possible for the commoners too instead of targeting only business travelers, CEOs or wealthy passengers.

Today, SpiceJet boasts of a fleet of 21 Boeing aircrafts. The unique thing about this aircraft is that there is only a single class here namely the economy class. The airline uses cutting-edge technology and infrastructure for ensuring that they maintain the highest standards in operation efficiency. SpiceJet currently flies to 18 domestic destinations.

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SpiceJet