MIAMI — Air India Express welcomed the latest aircraft to its fleet. The 189-seat Boeing 737-800 (VT-GHF • MSN 60699 • LN 6147), was delivered from Boeing Field as AIC164 via Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, and ferried via Birmingham, Sharjah and Delhi, starting on November 8 2016. Here it is seen departing Toronto on October 9 2016.
All Air India Express’ 737s display exclusive artworks from the Indian culture on each side of the tail, in this case, the Taj Mahal on the starboard tail.
Currently, Air India Express operates an all-Boeing fleet comprised by 23 737-800s, which operate nearly 375 flights per week to 26 destinations in India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Recently, Air India Express has returned eight earlier machines to the lessors, four of which were acquired by Canada’s Air Transat from ILFC in 2014.
Last September, Air India Express announced that it had earned a net profit for the first time since its creation, making a net profit of US$53.95 million, helped by the lower fuel prices and the growing passenger demand.
According to IATA, India currently ranks in the third place among the five fastest-growing markets in terms of additional passengers per year.