AirAsia India’s recent approval from the Indian civil aviation regulator to operate flights under the Air India Express brand marks a significant development for both airlines. This decision comes after AirAsia India sought approvals from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to facilitate the integration of the two carriers, with the aim of achieving harmonization of customer touchpoints, products, and services.
The approval granted by the regulator allows Air India Express Ltd. and AIX Connect flights to be marketed, distributed, and operated under a common brand name, ‘Air India Express’. This step is seen as a precursor to the planned legal merger of the two entities, and it holds the potential to unlock synergies and streamline operations between the airlines.
To complement this integration, the airlines have already taken steps to create a unified digital presence. They launched a comprehensive website, airindiaexpress.com, which offers users a seamless experience for accessing services from both carriers on a single platform. This user-friendly interface is expected to enhance the overall customer experience and improve convenience for travelers.
Moreover, Air India Express has further enriched its in-flight dining experience by introducing AirAsia India’s ‘Gourmair’ menu. Passengers can now enjoy a wide range of hot meals, snacks, and desserts, providing them with a diverse and delightful culinary journey during their flights. Additionally, both airlines have extended the ‘Xpress Ahead’ priority services as an ancillary add-on, offering guests priority check-in, boarding, and baggage handling for added convenience.
Looking ahead, AirAsia India and Air India Express have ambitious plans to synergize various other ancillary services and establish common sub-brands. This collaborative approach is expected to enhance their service offerings, thereby providing customers with more comprehensive and integrated travel solutions.
Currently, Air India Express operates flights from 20 Indian cities to 14 regional international destinations, catering to the growing demand for international travel. On the other hand, AirAsia India serves 19 domestic destinations, offering convenient and affordable air travel options within the country.
With this latest approval and the ongoing efforts to integrate and harmonize their operations, both airlines are poised to strengthen their positions in the aviation market and provide customers with a more seamless and enjoyable travel experience.