Indian airlines are experiencing a plane shortage at a time when demand for air travel in India is increasing. 108 aircraft are currently grounded across six Indian ships as a result of supply chain difficulties and a lack of engine spares.
GoFirst and SpiceJet have the most planes that are unfit to fly. Currently, SpiceJet and GoFirst each have 39% of their fleet, the most of any airline on the ground.
The six airlines that are in focus are Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoFirst and Vistara. Although these airlines have not disclosed a number of their grounded aircraft, a fleet tracking site reports that these six airlines collectively have 108 aircraft that are not in service. This means they’re parked on the tarmac and waiting for approval to fly.
SpiceJet has 74 planes, 29 of which are parked, while GoFirst has 23 of its 59 planes parked. IndiGo, the world’s largest airline, currently has 40 planes out of service, accounting for 13% of its total fleet. And many of IndiGo’s planes have been parked for a long period.
Air India operates 113 aircraft, with 13 (or 11% of its fleet) on the ground.
When contacting these airlines and asking why their planes are parked. The majority of them have blamed supply chain difficulties and a lack of engine spares.
IndiGo claims that the supply of new engines is slower than expected. While SpiceJet has blamed a lack of spares, the airline claims that some of the parked aircraft have been redelivered to lessors but are awaiting deregistration.
IndiGo and GoFirst, both airlines were constrained to halt their aircraft due to delays in engine delivery spurred on by substantial supply chain problems. In contrast to Go First, which has struggled to fill its capacity and stay on time, IndiGo has chosen to lease planes to meet demand.
Aircraft On Ground causes major financial losses for airlines (AOG). The airlines anticipate expecting engine deliveries shortly, seeing the aircraft soar into the skies, lower ticket prices, and less turbulence at airports at peak times.
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