Singapore Airlines, which is about to start its service in the Indian market riding on a partnership with Tata Sons, has chosen Airbus A320 models for this purpose. There have been reports that some 20 aircraft will be leased from several concerns instead of buying from the manufacturer itself. In this aspect, there have been reports that this carrier would start their services in India from 2014. If this is the case, then travellers would be benefited to a significant extent due to increased options in online flight booking to travel domestic destinations.
In this aspect, almost 70 per cent of the shares in the domestic sector are shared by low-cost carriers (LCCs) like IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet. Market leaders IndiGo has over 70 models in its fleet and has consistently maintained its position. This LCC also has pending orders for over 150 more models from a European manufacturer. On the other front, AirAsia will also make its aviation foray in the nation in 2014. This will surely increase the competition in the industry apart from providing travellers more options in travelling within the nation.
GoAir, one of the LCCs in the Indian aviation industry, is looking forward to start offering international services in the recent future. As per rules of the government, only those carriers that have at least 20 aircraft in their fleet and an experience of five years in the domestic market are allowed to go international. Currently with a fleet comprising less than 20 models, this LCC is looking forward to overcome this barrier as soon as possible. If this can be achieved, there will be a considerable increase in Go Air online booking in the coming future. Undoubtedly, with all carriers gearing up, the year 2014 is sure to be an eventful one and a good one for travellers.