AI Express to deploy 10 more aircraft for domestic ops

Last Updated: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 22:22

New Delhi: Air India Express, the low-cost
entity of national carrier Air India, will begin its domestic
operations from September on more than a quarter of the
airline`s existing routes and plans to deploy 10 additional
aircraft for the purpose.

"Air India will begin the domestic operations in
September. In the winter schedule, there will be 27 per cent
flight of the current domestic routes of Air India," Chairman
and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav told reporters here.

With an aim to restructure the national carrier, about
72-75 per cent of the total flights of Air India would
gradually be brought under the low-cost entity, he added.

Air India Express currently has only international
operations, mostly on gulf routes from India.

The national carrier is also negotiating with banks to
replace its high-cost debts with low-cost ones.

"We are currently negotiating with banks to replace our
high-cost debts with low-cost debts ... Our high cost debt is
around Rs 10,000-11,000 crore," Jadhav said.

The airline has also set up a cost management and audit
team to look at the overall financial restructuring of the
airline, which would deal with servicing of debt, risk
management and other related issues.

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First Published: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 22:22

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