Air India Express
is a low-cost airline
subsidiary of Air India
, operating mainly from Indian state of Kerala
. It operates services mainly to the Middle East
and Southeast Asia
. The airline belongs to Air India Charters
Limited, an whole owned subsidiary of Air India Limited
, which was formed in order to facilitate the seamless merger of Air India
. Today Air India Express operates nearly 100 flights per week, mainly from southern states of Tamilnadu and Kerala in India.
The airline was established in May 2004, after a long demand from Malayalee expatriate communities living in Middle East, seeking for a low cost budget airline. The airline started operations on 29 April 2005 with a flight from Thiruvananthapuram
to Abu Dhabi
. Delivery of the first aircraft for Air India Express took place on 22 February 2005 when a new production Boeing 737-86Q
(leased from Boullioun Aviation Services) was handed over.
Each Air-India Express aircraft features a different tail design that reflects a facet of Indian culture, history and tradition.
- Have been returned to Lessors.
- Has been destroyed in accident.
The Air-India Express fleet includes the following aircraft (at May 2010):<center></center>
As of May 2010 the average age of the Air-India Express Fleet is 2.9 years