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

competitors do.

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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