AirAsia India is likely to commence international operations from the second half of the next calendar year, as it is expected to possess a fleet of 20 aircraft by mid-2018.
The domestic budget airline, which is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Malysian carrier AirAsia, has eight aircraft in its fleet and as per the norm, requires a minimum of 20 planes to fly on international routes.
“We will have 14 aircraft in the fleet within this year, depending on the business performance. We will add another six planes by the middle of the next year. Then we will get to international operations,” said AirAsia India Chief Executive Officer Amar Abrol.
AirAsia India is evaluating routes for its proposed international operations, he said, adding that it “makes sense” for the airline to plug into its existing network in Southeast Asia.