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  • Writer's picturePrabhjot Singh Maan

What will the restructured Tata Airlines look like?

Although it seemed like simple sense, it was never discussed aloud and is now receiving greater attention. The Tata Group aims to merge its airlines under the name Air India and drop the Vistara brand with the addition of Singapore Airlines as an equity partner.

The reorganized company will have Air India as its full-service arm and Air India Express as its no-frills arm, similar to how Singapore Airlines has Singapore Airlines and Scoot after retiring the regional subsidiary SilkAir by combining with Singapore Airlines.

The Tata Group bought Air India in late January of this year, just in time for the summer. After installing a new team, the airline made significant scheduling modifications in August. The airline is getting more customers as a result of these domestic improvements.

As the merger proceeds, a watchful eye will be kept on the fleet, the staff, and the routes.

The group's airlines fly both Airbus and Boeing planes in the narrowbody market, but only Boeing planes in the widebody market.

68 Air India, 46 Vistara, and 28 AirAsia India A320 family aircraft make up the narrowbody segment. In the Boeing narrowbody sector, there are 24 Air India Express aircraft and five Vistara aircraft.

There are 3 Vistara widebody aircraft and 43 Air India widebody aircraft available. There are 217 aircraft in total, however not all of them are flying right now for a variety of reasons.

Air India is also adding 25 narrowbody and 5 widebody aircraft. If Air India is successful in putting all of its aircraft into the air, it may very likely surpass the 30% objective that it has set for itself. This gets the fleet size very near to that of IndiGo.

According to OAG Aviation's schedule listing for the current week, there are 910 routes available for all Indian airlines. IndiGo operates the most routes.

There are 169 flights operated by Air India, 99 by Vistara, 88 by AirAsia India, and 11 by Air India Express, majority of which are international flights. 250 city-pair operations are handled across the country by the Tata Group.

IndiGo rose to the position of industry leader in August 2012. Since then, occasions like the demise of Kingfisher, Etihad's investments in Jet Airways, which led the airline to focus on international routes, and SpiceJet's terrible near-death experience in 2014 have all contributed to IndiGo's prosperous run.

IndiGo started an unusual induction frenzy once the market briefly stabilised, tripling its fleet to 200 in three years after taking ten years to get to the first hundred.

Although Air India and Vistara share several international flights to cities like London, Frankfurt, and Paris, it's possible that the Gulf routes are more lucrative.

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