India, the fastest growing aviation market in the world, has seen increased competition with a number of domestic and international carriers adding flights and destinations across the country.
Air India on Tuesday placed historic orders for 470 jetliners from Airbus and Boeing as it carves out an ambitious renaissance under the Tata Group.
Orders include 400 narrowbody jets and 70 jumbo jets.
The fleet expansion plans come after the Tata Group announced in November a merger of all its airlines, including full-service carriers Air India and Vistara and low-cost carriers Air India Express and AirAsia India. .
The combined entity has a current fleet of 220 aircraft, cementing Air India’s position as the country’s largest international carrier and second in the domestic market after leader IndiGo. The new planes are expected to help Air India take on IndiGo and win back international traffic from airlines like Emirates.
Here are the fleet sizes of major Indian airlines and foreign carriers compared to those of Air India.
AIR INDIA’S COMBINATION NARROW-BODY PLANES COMPARED TO OTHER DOMESTIC CARRIERS
Model and number of aircraft Model and number of
A319 A320 A321 B737
Indian water 20 36 14
Vistara 40 6 5
Indian Water 24
Air Asia 28
Indigo 175 68
AIR INDIA’S WIDE-AIR COMBINED AIRCRAFT COMPARED TO OTHER INTERNATIONAL CARRIERS
Model and number of aircraft Model and number of aircraft
A330 A340 A350 A380 B777 B787 B747
Indian Water 17 27
Emirates 118 134
Qatar 14 53 10 61 37
Singapore 61 17 31 15
Lufthansa 25 34 17 14 27
Saudi 32 33 18
Etihad 5 4 19 39
Air from Oman 7 9
Sri Lankan 12
Gulf Air 7
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