Indian aviation market is Big Enough :Emirates Airlines
March 09, 2023
Indian aviation market is sizable enough to
accommodate all participants profitably
According to a senior Emirates official,
and the airline is focused on its strategies
regardless of what competitors do. This
statement comes as Air India ramps up its fleet
and operations. Emirates, which only uses
wide-body A380 and B777 aircraft, flies to
nine destinations in India on 167 weekly trips.
Air India’s expansion into new foreign
markets might also benefit Emirates.
According to a senior Emirates official, the
growth of Air India might encourage airports
to enhance their offerings, which would
benefit all other airlines, Indian passengers,
and the aviation and tourism sectors as a
whole. Air Indias expansion into new foreign
markets might also benefit Emirates. When an
airline opens a new route, the demand for
travel may increase, and the specific airline
may not be able to meet the demand.
In response, potential customers will choose
alternative airlines, which may have a positive
effect, Mohammed Sarhan, Vice President of
Emirates for India & Nepal, told PTI recently.
Air India, which is owned by the Tata Group,
has placed orders for 470 new aircraft,
including 70 wide-body models, as it begins
plans for international expansion that will also
allow Indians travel more directly to other
In response to a question on Air India and
competition in the Indian market, Sarhan said
that competition exists and that “we are
focused on our strategies” regardless of what
The “market is large enough to accommodate
all players profitably”; he claimed.
Emirates is optimistic about the Indian market
and wants to establish additional bilateral
agreements so that it can expand its flight
According to Sarhan, an Airbus A380 has a
cargo capacity of 15 tonnes whereas a Boeing
777 can carry up to 20 tonnes of cargo in the
“Flights out of India usually have a full cargo
hold. In order to accommodate the seasonal
demand for, we also have dedicated freighters
with a capacity of 100 tonnes planned to
Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
The Gulf airline flies A380s to Bengaluru and
Emirates, a company that now operates 263
aircraft and flies to over 140 locations, has
started a refurbishment programme for 120 of
its A380 and B777 aircraft. In 2025, the
programme is anticipated to be finished.
In both types of aircraft, fewer economy seats
will be available as part of the initiative in
order to make room for premium economy
According to Sarhan, some flights on specific
routes already have premium economy class
seats. “A380 and B777 will have roughly 56
premium economy class seats” she added.
The Emirates A380 has 429 seats in economy,
76 seats in business, and 14 seats in first class.
The B777 has 42 business class seats and 8
first class seats
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