There was frenzy and pictures being shared after I tweeted about unconfirmed reports of VT-APJ being the next registration for Air Asia India. The aircraft which is already in Hyderabad is MSN 4346 and has operated with Air Asia Indonesia before making her way to India.
The airline is expected to start commercial service with the 6th aircraft in the first week of November with the likely date being 5th November. The aircraft will be based in Delhi and will operate 6 flights a day. This will be the third aircraft to be based in Delhi.
The airline will launch 2nd Daily service from Delhi to Guwahati and return with the new service being an evening flight departing Delhi at 17:35 and Guwahati departure at 20:25. Currently Jet Airways & Spicejet have two frequencies each while GoAir and Air India have one frequency each. IndiGo has two frequencies on Delhi to Guwahati and three on the return. With the timings at which Air Asia proposes to operate the flights, these would be the last departure from both Delhi and Guwahati.
The airline will also start its 3rd Daily service on Delhi to Goa in time for the peak winter season. The new flight would depart for Goa from Delhi at 11:40 and the return would depart Goa at 14:35 hours. IndiGo operates 5 flights on the Delhi – Goa – Delhi sector each way, followed by Spicejet which operates two. Air India & GoAir operate one each. Vistara currently operates one flight a day which would be increased to two on few days of the week from November. The new Air Asia India flight will be the 13th Daily flight on the sector
The airline is expected to fill up the morning slot with a direct flight between Delhi & Vizag which has a daily direct flight from IndiGo and Air India. Air Asia India currently operates to Vizag from Bengaluru.
The new rotation will have a utilization of 14 hours and 10 minutes with 6 flights. This will reduce the average flight count per aircraft marginally but increase the average utilization of the fleet.