IndiGo Cancelled Flights; Jet Airways Cancelled Flights: 80 Aircraft on the Ground!

Airlines in India have over 650 aircraft in scheduled commercial service. IndiGo is the market leader with around 213 aircraft in its fleet, followed by Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara and AirAsia India. Then there are airlines flying regional aircraft only like Alliance Air, TurboJet, Star Air and Zoom Air. There is also Air India Express, whose focus market is South India – Middle East, apart from a few other routes.

Airlines in India added 131 aircraft in 2018 and the same growth rate is expected this year also. But the Indian market is tough and many airlines are facing financial issue whereas some are facing a pilot crisis. Owing to this, IndiGo cancelled flights a few weeks ago, and Jet Airways cancelled flights, and are continuing to cancel flights at the moment as well. Are all airline utilising all aircraft in their fleet? I went about to find out. The first thing to report back, the aircraft currently on the ground is more than the size of SpiceJet which is the fourth largest carrier in India by fleet size.

GoAir

GoAir

GoAir

GoAir began its journey back in 2005 around the same time as IndiGo. GoAir, unlike IndiGo, lacked a strong management team, a consistent CEO (more than 6 CEOs changed flipped) and a proper strategy. They have since been doing just one job, existing, rather than growing. GoAir took the longest time to go international since it didn’t take any new aircraft deliveries, for a long time and was below the threshold of 20 aircraft for years.

Then, GoAir took rapid deliveries of many A320neo aircraft, and now has more A320neos (30) than A320ceos (17) in its fleet of 47 aircraft. It has a further 114 A320neo on order. But at least 3 new A320neo aircraft have been transferred to Toulouse Francazal airport for long-term storage: VT-WGU, VT-WJG and VT-WJH with no new deliveries since December 28, 2018. GoAir also has 8 aircraft on the ground with no scheduled flights to be operated by them.

Aircraft typeAircraft RegistrationStatusAirport Grounded AtLast FlightLast Flight onNotes
A320VT-GOIGroundedDelhiG8 148 IXR-DELApril 6, 2019Will be back on April 9, 2019 as G8 113 DEL-BLR
A320VT-GOLGroundedBenguluruDEL-BLRJanuary 3, 2019
A320VT-GOMOperationalBenguluruG8-803 IXZ-BLRFebruary 24, 2019Back on March 22, 2019 as G8 623 BLR-CNN
A320VT-GOOGroundedKannurG8-622 BLR-CNNApril 5, 2019
A320VT-GOSGroundedDelhiG8-278 PNQ-DELFebruary 22, 2019Out from Feb 22-March 12, did 2 flights on March 12, then March 12 to March 20, did 3 flights from March 20 to 21, and then March 21 to April 5. Out since April 5, 2019.
A320VT-GOTGroundedKannurG8-620 BOM-CCNJanuary 19, 2019
A320VT-WAFGroundedDelhiG8-329 BOM-DELFebruary 22, 2019
A320VT-WAGGroundedKannurG8-632 MAA-CNNFebruary 23, 2019Out from February 23 to March 2, then March 26 to April 5, 2019 and now from April 5, 2019-
A320VT-WAHOperationalDelhiG8-718 AMD-DELMarch 18, 2019out from March 18 till March 25, did two flights March 25-26, out since March 26, back from April 5
A320VT-WAKGroundedDelhiG8-106 CCU-DELMarch 31, 2019
A320VT-WALGroundedDelhiG8-116 BLR-DELFebruary 13, 2019
A320neoVT-WGCOperationalDelhiG8-285 GOI-DELJanuary 25, 2019Back on March 1, 2019 as G8 140 DEL-PAT
A320neoVT-WGXGroundedDelhiG8 148 IXR-DELJanuary 29, 2019

I asked around, and while there were no firm answers forthcoming, it came down to a lack of strategy. To have 8 aircraft on ground and 3 in long term storage, it meant they did not have places to go. GoAir planned to add 10 cities to Phuket, but we have not seen any action after Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore. Clearly, GoAir has no pricing power on these flights, given they are in a fight with IndiGo. That is why people are rubbing their hands in glee with getting tickets Bangalore to Phuket for INR 10K for two people.

Jet Airways

Jet Airways is cancelling flights as aircraft are being grounded due to lack of parts and are being repossessed by lessors. Jet Airways also underwent a network realignment earlier this month which reduced aircraft requirement. So apart from scheduled redelivery, lessors are grounding aircraft as lease payments haven’t come through and no new Boeing 737 Max are being delivered currently which has led to aircraft shortage and cancellations.

We covered Jet Airways network changes in the following posts.

Apart from this, Jet Airways has shut down its ATR base at Bengaluru. Jet Airways used to operate ATR 72-500 on Bengaluru – Mangalore, Bengaluru – Chennai and Bengaluru – Hyderabad routes. While Jet Airways is now operating only 1 Boeing 737 daily flights on Bengaluru-Chennai, it has stopped operations on Bengaluru – Mangalore and Bengaluru – Hyderabad route. Jet Airways will restart Bengaluru -Hyderabad with 2x daily Boeing 737 flights from March 31, 2019, and increase Bengaluru – Chennai to 3x daily Boeing 737 flights from March 31, 2019.

Jet Airways has grounded all its 5 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Currently, the following Jet Airways aircraft are on the ground.

Aircraft typeAircraft RegistrationStatusAirport Grounded AtLast FlightLast Flight onNotes
737-700VT-JGXGroundedMumbai9W 462 MAA-BOMMarch 29, 2019
737-700VT-JGYGroundedDelhi9W 715 VNS-DELFebruary 10, 2019
737-700VT-SIZGroundedHyderabadS2 9715 BOM-HYDMarch 21, 2019
737-700VT-SJAGroundedMumbaiS2 462 MAA-BOMMarch 20, 2019BOM-HYD on March 23, 2019
737-800VT-JBBGroundedMumbai9W 543 DXB-BOMMarch 18, 2019Back on March 25, 2019 9W 560 BOM-DOH. AOG on April 11, 2019 after 9W 263 KTM-DEL
737-800VT-JBCGroundedDelhi9W 9719 CCU-DELMarch 20, 2019Back on March 27, 2019 9W 651 DEL-IXC. AOG on April 10, 2019 after 9W 373 DEL-BOM
737-800VT-JBDGroundedBengaluru9W 884 MAA-BLRMarch 11, 2019
737-800VT-JBEGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 13, 2019
737-800VT-JBFGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 12, 2019
737-800VT-JBGGroundedHyderabad9W 9701 COK-HYDOctober 12, 2018
737-800VT-JBHRedeliveredHyderabad9W 9671 DEL-HYDFebruary 16, 2019Redelivery
(March 7, 2019)
737-800VT-JBJGroundedDelhiBLR-DELMarch 21, 2019Back on March 30, 2019 9W 846 DEL-ATQ. AOG on April 11, 2019 after 9W 304 DEL-BOM
737-800VT-JBKGroundedDelhi9W 17 SIN-DELMarch 18, 2019Back on March 26, 2019 9W 272 DEL-DAC. AOG on April 10, 2019 after 9W 483 BOM-BLR
737-800VT-JBLGroundedMumbai9W 990 BHJ-BOMOctober 15, 2018
737-800VT-JBMRedeliveredSeletarFebruary 9, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JBNRedeliveredSeletarFebruary 8, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JBPRedeliveredSeletarFebruary 23, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JBQGroundedMumbai9W 442 BLR-BOMMarch 29, 2019
737-800VT-JBRGroundedDelhi9W 301 BOM-DELMarch 26, 2019
737-800VT-JBSGroundedDelhiBOM-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-JBUGroundedHyderabad9W 9691 BOM-HYDMarch 7, 2019
737-800VT-JBVGroundedKochiBDQ-COKMarch 11, 2019
737-800VT-JBWGroundedMumbai9W 438 IXE-BOMMarch 11, 2019Back on April 2, 2019 9W 615 BOM-CCU. AOG on April 12, 2019 after operating 9W 3502 ATQ-BOM
737-800VT-JBXGroundedMumbai9W 3502 ATQ-BOMMarch 29, 2019
737-800VT-JFARedeliveredMumbai9W 9721 DEL-BOMMarch 22, 2019Redelivery March 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFBGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 24, 2019
737-800VT-JFCGroundedVadodara9W 9724 BOM-BDQMarch 23, 2019
737-800VT-JFDGroundedHyderabad9W 9747 BOM-HYDMarch 13, 2019
737-800VT-JFEGroundedMumbai9W 3502 ATQ-BOMApril 10, 2019
737-800VT-JFFGroundedHyderabad9W 9712 DEL-HYDFebruary 6, 2019
737-800VT-JFGGroundedDelhi9W 263 KTM-DELMarch 19, 2019
737-800VT-JFHGroundedDelhi9W 9674 DEL-DELFebruary 22, 2019
737-800VT-JFJGroundedNagpur9W 865 BOM-NAGFebruary 26, 20199W 866 NAG-BOM Cancelled
737-800VT-JFKGroundedKochiBLR-COKFebruary 27, 2019DEL-CNN on March 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFLGroundedDelhi9W 606 GAU-DELJanuary 28, 2019
737-800VT-JFMGroundedDelhi9W 361 BOM-DELFebruary 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFNGroundedBhopal9W 9725 DEL-BHOMarch 23, 2019Back on March 28, 2019 9W 835 DEL-DED till March 31, 2019
737-800VT-JFPGroundedBengaluru9W 9706 COK-BLRMarch 15, 2019
737-800VT-JFQGroundedMumbai9W 304 DEL-BOMFebruary 26, 2019
737-800VT-JFRGroundedBhopalBOM-BHOMarch 23, 2019
737-800VT-JFSGroundedKannur9W 9709 BOM-CNNMarch 18, 2019
737-800VT-JFTGroundedKannurBOM-CNNMarch 18, 2019
737-800VT-JFWGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 3, 2019
737-800VT-JFXGroundedMumbai9W 610 CCU-BOMApril 10, 2019
737-800VT-JFYGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 3, 2019
737-800VT-JFZGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 2, 2019
737-800VT-JGAGroundedMumbai9W 424 CJB-BOMMarch 12, 2019
737-800VT-JGEGroundedMumbai9W 460 MAA-BOMDecember 12, 2018
737-800VT-JGFRedeliveredTbilisi9W 9072 BOM-TBSMarch 15, 2019Redelivery
737-800VT-JGGGroundedMumbai9W 9683 DEL-BOMFebruary 28, 2019BOM-CNN on March 20, 2019
737-800VT-JGJGroundedMumbaiS2 417 JAI-BOMFebruary 3, 2019
737-800VT-JGKRedeliveredMumbai9W 452 HYD-BOMMarch 19, 2019Redelivery on March 30 9W 9076
737-800VT-JGPGroundedMumbai9W 376 DEL-BOMMarch 20, 2019BOM-BHO on March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JGQGroundedBengaluru 9W 9702 HYD-BOMMarch 21, 2019BOM-BDQ March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JGRGroundedBengaluru 9W 495 BOM-BLRMarch 11, 2019
737-800VT-JGSGroundedMumbai 9W 1304 DEL-BOMMarch 13, 2019
737-800VT-JGTGroundedMumbai 9W 3502 ATQ-BOMMarch 25, 2019
737-800VT-JGUGroundedMumbai9W 422 BLR-BOMApril 2, 2019
737-800VT-JGVGroundedHyderabad9W 457 BOM-HYDJanuary 2, 2019
737-800VT-JGWGroundedMumbai9W 3502 ATQ-BOMApril 11, 2019
737-800VT-JLEGroundedBengaluruDEL-BLRMarch 30, 2019
737-800VT-JLFGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 30, 2019
737-800VT-JTAGroundedDelhi9W 63 BKK-DELMarch 1, 2019
737-800VT-JTBGroundedBenguluru9W 775 PNQ-BLRFebruary 7, 2019
737-800VT-JTCGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 21, 2019
737-800VT-JTDRedeliveredDelhi9W 361 BOM-DELJanuary 31, 2019Redelivery
(March 7, 2019)
737-800VT-JTEGroundedKochi9W 9681 DEL-COKFebruary 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTFRedeliveredDelhi9W 310 BOM-DELFebruary 28, 2019Redelivery March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTGRedeliveredDelhi9W 339 BOM-DELMarch 1, 2019Redelivery March 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTHGroundedDelhiBOM-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-JTKGroundedBLRBLR-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-JTLGroundedDelhi9W 9684 GAU-DELFebruary 28, 2019
737-800VT-JTMGroundedMumbai9W 492 MAA-BOMFebruary 27, 2019
737-800VT-JTNGroundedDelhi9W 9742 BOM-DELMarch 31, 2019
737-800VT-SJIGroundedMumbaiS2 3502 ATQ-BOMApril 17, 2019
737-800VT-SJJGroundedMumbaiS2 312 DEL-BOMMarch 18, 2019
737-900VT-JGCGroundedHyderabadBOM-HYDMarch 13, 2019
737-900VT-JGDGroundedDelhi9W 740 MAA-DELNovember 22, 2018
737-900ERVT-JBYGroundedKochi9W 9705 BOM-COKMarch 14, 2019
737-900ERVT-JBZGroundedKochi9W 9707 BOM-COKMarch 17, 2019
737-900ERVT-JLHGroundedKochiBOM-COKMarch 9, 2019
737-900ERVT-JLJGroundedBengaluruBOM-BLRMarch 13, 2019
737MAXVT-JXAGroundedHyderabad9W 9730 BLR-HYDFebruary 27, 2019
737MAXVT-JXBGroundedHyderabad9W 9730 BLR-HYDFebruary 25, 2019
737MAXVT-JXCGroundedMumbai9W 628 CCU-BOMJanuary 23, 2019
737MAXVT-JXDGroundedKolkata9W 629 BOM-CCUFebruary 25, 2019
737MAXVT-JXEGroundedKochiBOM-COKFebruary 28, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEHGroundedDelhi9W 17 SIN-DELMarch 17, 2019Back on March 27, 2019 9W 122 DEL-LHR. AOG since April 12, 2019 after 9W 233 AMS-DEL
777-300ERVT-JEKGroundedMumbai9W 117 LHR-BOMMarch 30, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEMGroundedDelhi9W 121 LHR-DELApril 2, 2019Operated DEL-LHR-BOM on April 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEQGroundedMumbai9W 231 AMS-BOMApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JESGroundedMumbai9W 123 CDG-BOMApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JETGroundedDelhi9W 361 BOM-DELApril 12, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEUGroundedDelhi9W 121 LHR-DELApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEVGroundedMumbai9W 119 LHR-BOMApril 11, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEWGrounded/SeizedAmsterdam9W 232 BOM-AMSApril 10, 2019On the ground at Delhi from April 2 to 6, 2019
777-300ERVT-JEXGroundedChennai9W 9705 BOM-MAASeptember 29, 2018
A330-200VT-JWPGroundedDelhi9W 233 AMS-DELApril 11, 2019
A330-200VT-JWQGrounded/RedeliveredMumbai9W 362 DEL-BOMMarch 21, 20199W 9081 BOM-MAD on April 11, 2019
A330-200VT-JWVGroundedMumbai9W 129 MAN-BOMNovember 17, 2018
A330-200VT-JWWGroundedMumbai9W 9745 DEL-BOMApril 4, 2019
A330-300VT-JWRGroundedDelhiBOM-DELMarch 23, 20199W 9748 DEL-BOM April 6, 2019
A330-300VT-JWSGrounded Bengaluru9W 235 AMS-BLRApril 10, 2019De-registration requested. BLR-BOM on April 13, 2019
A330-300VT-JWTGroundedChennai9W 845 DEL-MAAApril 10, 2019De-registration requested. MAA-BOM on April 13, 2019
A330-300VT-JWUGroundedDelhi9W 233 AMS-DELMarch 22, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCJGroundedChennai9W 875 BLR-MAADecember 11, 2018
ATR 72-500VT-JCKGroundedDelhi9W 689 JDH-DELJanuary 1, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCLGroundedDelhi9W 758 IDR-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCMGroundedDelhi9W 756 JAI-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCNGroundedIndore9W 794 IDR-DELDecember 6, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCPGroundedChennai9W 871 BLR-MAAJanuary 3, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCQGroundedDelhi9W 826 DED-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCRGroundedDelhi9W 756 JAI-DELApril 15, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCSGroundedDelhi9W 928 BHO-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCTGroundedChennai9W 9696 MAA-DELMarch 10, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCUGroundedChennai9W 867 BLR-MAAFebruary 8, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCVGroundedDelhi9W 646 IXC-DELApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JCWGroundedBhopal9W 893 DEL-BHOApril 17, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JDCGroundedChennai9W 9717 BLR-MAAFebruary 10, 2019
ATR 72-500VT-JDDGroundedDelhi9W 9638 BOM-DELNovember 15, 2018
ATR 72-600VT-JCXGroundedMumbai9W 9654 DEL-BOMDecember 26, 2018

Of course, there is a new spate of cancellations since yesterday, due to operational reasons. It is estimated that 60 flights are cancelled just today on the Jet Airways network. As many as 46 aircraft are grounded, and we have not been able to find out one aircraft here. Also, some are on their redelivery process to the lessors at the moment, leading to a fleet shrinkage.

Jet Airways has 46% of its 119 aircraft fleet on the ground currently.

IndiGo

IndiGo is having a huge pilot crisis at the moment. There is a mismatch in terms of the number of captains to the number of first officers and also pilots to aircraft ratio. IndiGo is blaming slow induction process of expat pilots for this and they are expected to be back on track by April.

Aircraft typeAircraft RegisterationAirport Grounded AtLast FlightLast Flight onNotes
A320VT-INYHyderabad6E 315 MAA-HYDFebruary 22, 2019
A320VT-IDODEL-KULFebruary 19, 2019Redelivery/ Maintenance?
A320VT-IDWChennai6E 2128 DEL-MAAFebruary 26, 2019
A320VT-IEBHyderabad6E 122 PNQ-HYDFebruary 25, 2019Scheduled to operate 6E 717 HYD-IXR on 28-02-2019
A320VT-IECDid not fly on 13-16 Feb, 19-21 Feb, 23 Feb
A320VT-IEEDid not fly on Feb 16-21
A320VT-IHGDEL-KULJanuary 19, 2019Redelivery/ Maintenance?
A320neoVT-IVMBenguluru6E 566 BOM-BLRFebruary 26, 2019Scheduled to operate 6E 2475 BLR-DEL on 28-02-2019

There have been mass cancellations and last week aircraft were spotted at Bangalore and Hyderabad as if they haven’t moved for a while. However, aircraft haven’t been grounded per se, and a lot of them are operating one flight a day sometimes. IndiGo has reduced aircraft utilisation which is a bit tough to crack manually with 213 aircraft in operation.  Also, it seems they have a whole lot more of their pilots heading to airlines in the middle-east, but this is just hear say at the moment.

IndiGo plans to take an aircraft every week just like last year. Hope they will avoid such a situation in future.

Air India

air india 787

Air India 787-8

Air India is also financially unstable. It has a huge debt. Couple that with poor aircraft utilisation on the back of long periods of maintenance and poor upkeep of aircraft. Many Air India aircraft including some Boeing 777-300ERs and Boeing 787-8s haven’t flown for more than six months. Same is the situations with a couple of A319 and A321. We have actively covered Air India’s aircraft utilisation and groundings in the following posts.

Aircraft typeAircraft RegisterationStatusAirport Grounded AtLast FlightLast Flight onNotes
A319VT-SCNOperationalKolkataAI 628 NAG-BOMFebruary 7, 2019Back on March 6, 2019 AI 705 CCU-DIB FlightAware shows only 5 flights operated from November 28, 2018 to February 27, 2019
A319VT-SCROperationalMumbaiAI 626 LKO-BOMApril 07, 2019A few one off flights in June and July 2019, back from August 7, 2019
A319VT-SCSOperationalMumbaiAI 662 GOI-BOMFebruary 10, 2019Back on June 29, 2019 as AI 54 BOM-COK
A319VT-SCTGroundedDelhiAI 821 IXJ-SXRJanuary 14, 2019Before that operated AI 812 LKO-DEL on 12-11-2018
A319VT-SCUGroundedMumbaiAI 668 TRV-BOMDecember 26, 2018Operated one-off flight HYD-BOM on March 15, 2019
A319VT-SCVOperationalDelhiAI 1764 DEL-CCUJanuary 17, 2019Operated one-off flight BHO-BOM on March 23, 2019. Back on June 7, 2019 as AI230 CCU-DAC
A319VT-SCXGroundedDelhiAI 628 NAG-BOMFebruary 3, 2019FlightAware shows only 5 recorded operated flights since 13-11-2018
A321VT-PPLOperationalHyderabadAI 542 HYD-TIRFebruary 2, 2019Accident at Tirupati Airport. Before that operated last flight AI 24 DEL-BOM on 12-01-2019. Back on July 27, 2019 as AI 661 BOM-GOI
A321VT-PPMOperationalDelhiDEL-BOM (Cancelled)June 21, 2018Back on May 8, 2019 as AI 91 BOM-AMD
A321VT-PPNGroundedHyderabadAI 541 TIR-HYDJanuary 29, 2019
A321VT-PPTOperationalMumbaiAI 683 BOM-GOIAugust 11, 2018Back on March 8, 2019 AI 618 HYD-BOM
A321VT-PPUGroundedMumbaiAI 665 DEL-BOMSeptember 20, 2018
A321VT-PPWGroundedMumbaiAI 614 AMD-BOMApril 3, 2019
A321VT-PPXGroundedDelhiAI 806 BOM-DEL (Cancelled flight on November 28, 2018)Maybe July 22, 2018 as AI 630 NAG-BOM
A320VT-EDCOperationalDelhiAI 820 BDQ-DELFebruary 19, 2019Back on July 2, 2019
A320VT-EDFOperationalDelhiAI 840 HYD-DELFebruary 13, 2019Back on March 20, 2019 AI 439 DEL-MAA
747-400VT-ESPOperationalMumbaiAI 5226 MED-BOMSeptember 18, 2019Back on March 9, 2019 as AI 144 BOM-DEL
747-400VT-ESOOperational MumbaiAI 966 HYD-BOMMay 28, 2019AI 1
747-400VT-EVAGroundedMumbaiAI 191 DEL-BOMMay 13, 2019
747-400VT-EVBOperational MumbaiAI 966 HYD-BOMJanuary 29, 2019Back on June 24, 2019 as AI 144 BOM-DEL
777-300ERVT-ALOGroundedMumbaiBOM-BOMAugust 9, 2018
777-300ERVT-ALUOperationalNagpurAI 1469 DEL-NAGSeptember 22, 2018Back on June 6, 2019 as AI 144 BOM-DEL
787-8VT-ANBOperationalMumbaiAI 349 DEL-BOMJanuary 7, 2019Back on May 24, 2019 as AI 31 BOM-AMD
787-8VT-ANGOperationalMumbaiAI 331 BKK-BOMApril 7, 2018Back on May 22, 2019 as AI 31 BOM-AMD
787-8VT-ANJGroundedMumbaiAI 865 DEL-BOMOctober 9, 2018
787-8VT-ANKOperationalMumbaiAI 331 BKK-BOMJuly 8, 2018Back on April 6, 2019 AI 330 BOM-BKK
787-8VT-ANMGroundedMumbaiAI 863 DEL-BOMJanuary 2, 2019
787-8VT-ANNOperationalMumbaiAI 349 DEL-BOMFebruary 25, 2019Back on April 13, 2019 AI 310 BOM-DEL
787-8VT-ANOOperationalMumbaiAI 315 DEL-BOMApril 28, 2019Back on July 12, 2019 AI 687 BOM-DEL
787-8VT-ANUOperationalDelhiAI 121 DEL-FRA Suffered mid-air decompression.March 6, 2019Back on May 31, 2019 as AI 20 DEL-CCU.

While a couple of A319s are scheduled to operate flights from March 1, 2019, they have had an interesting flight schedule since November 2018. The go-to answer for this poor utilisations has always been,

Not enough money for spares. Aircraft will be operational soon.

Air India hasn’t had a net addition of aircraft for quite some time now. The newly delivered A320neos replaced the ~24-year-old double boggy A320s. Yet Air India continues to operate a 24.4-year-old double boggy A320 (VT-ESL). Interestingly, Air India had planned to retire all the double bogeys by December 2018 and the last one VT-ESL was stored in October 2018. VT-ESL has since been recalled to operate scheduled flights.

One would naturally expect Air India to bring back A319s and A321s to service but I guess they have something else in mind. Hopefully, with Ashwani Lohani back as the CEO of Air India, things will improve.

SpiceJet, Alliance Air and Air India Express

SpiceJet is carrying out normal operations so is Alliance Air and Air India Express. A few aircraft are out for maintenance and a few have been damaged due to an accident. Here is a list of all the aircraft currently on the ground.

AirlineAircraft typeAircraft RegisterationAirport Grounded AtLast FlightLast Flight onNotes
Air India Express737-800VT-AXJMumbaiIX 252 SHJ-BOMFebruary 25, 2019
Air India Express737-800VT-AXMThiruvananthapuramIX 540 DXB-TRVFebruary 3, 2019
Air India Express737-800VT-AXUThiruvananthapuramIX 538 AUH-TRVFebruary 25, 2019
Air India Express737-800VT-AXZMumbaiIX 252 SHJ-BOMFebruary 18, 2019
Alliance AirATR 72-400VT-ABADelhi9I 730 GAU-CCUAugust 25, 2018
Alliance AirATR 72-600VT-AITKolhapur9I 875 HYD-KLHFebruary 13, 2019
Alliance AirATR 72-600VT-AIXDiu9I 623 BOM-DIUJanuary 26, 2019Accident at Diu airport
Alliance AirATR 72-600VT-RKGKolkata9I 712 SHL-CCUFebruary 25, 2019
SpiceJet737-800VT-SLGHyderabadSG 342 JAI-HYDFebruary 11, 2019
SpiceJet737-800VT-SPFDelhiSG-192 BLR-DELJanuary 8, 2019
SpiceJetDASH 8 Q400VT-SUCJabalpurSG 2458 BOM-JLRDecember 4, 2018
SpiceJetDASH 8 Q400VT-SUFDelhiSG 2420 VNS-DELFebruary 18, 2019
SpiceJetDASH 8 Q400VT-SUUChennaiSG 3022 CJB-MAAFebruary 18, 2019

India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets, but clearly, we are running out strategy, destinations and manpower and the money to continue with this explosive growth. It has now shown cracks. The high cost of operations and low yields coupled with a highly competitive environment are eating away profits. New entrants, on the other hand, have slot and rules constraints which are hampering growth as well as profitability. Infrastructure constraints and manpower shortage are also taking a toll.

What are your thoughts on this massive number of aircraft grounded across India?

Comments

  1. I found few errors in the reports, VT-ESB is a A320 instead it is shown as B747, VT-JXE is a B38max instead it is listed as B737 and VT-JGY is counted twice.

  2. Nice bit of investigative journalism !!

    Really sad that so many aircraft are grounded for major airlines, whereas newer airlines who want to grow are struggling for slots and expansion. Given that airport infra is a long game, things do not look to be improving soon.

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