INDIA is very quickly waking up to the idea of budget air travel, even Air-India getting into the act.
Set for launch on 27 March Air India Express plans to have a fleet of 14 Boeing 737-800s within 12 months.
These aircraft will have 181 economy class seats in a single class configuration.
The new airline will operate 63 flights per week with six aircraft available at the time of the launch.
With the induction of four more aircraft, effective winter 2005, Air-India Express will operate 38 additional flights, and add another 26 flights in the third phase effective April 2006, when four more aircraft will join the fleet.
Kingfisher, another Indian budget operator, and part of the beer company of the same name, has added the Airbus A319 to its prospective fleet.
It”s due to launch in April followed by Spicejet in May.
Another operator at the no frills end of the market, Air Deccan, is already up and operating.