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Air India Express marks 10th anniversary with slew of offerings



Dubai: Air India Express, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, today celebrated its 10th anniversary of its operations by offering several freebies to its passengers. To mark the occasion, the airline has enhanced free baggage allowance to 30 Kilos for travels by its services from Gulf to India, up to May 31st.

The airline is also offering 50 free round trip tickets through lucky draws and quiz contests to be conducted on board the Airline’s international flights over 10 days starting from today. The airline has also decided to provide 10 free tickets each to enable Indians in dire straits in the UAE, Kuwait, Muscat, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to return to India. “Letters for the same has been handed over to the Indian Ambassadors of the respective countries. The selection of the beneficiaries of the above will be decided by the Embassy and based on the recommendation of the Ambassador,” a statement from the Kochin-based airline said.

The airline that made a modest beginning ten years ago with a fleet of three leased aircraft that were operated between three airports in Kerala to six destinations in Gulf now connects 11 Indian tier 2 cities to 12 international destinations, in the Gulf and South East Asia. Its present fleet size comprises of 17 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft that are wholly owned by the company. Air India Express plans to add eight more new B737-800 NG aircraft to be taken on lease for induction in the year in 2016.

With the induction of these new air craft, the company aspires to gain a pan-Indian presence to tap international market opportunities form tier II cities located in other parts of the country, even while strengthening its operations in the current markets.