We just conquered the wide skies with the all-new Surat to #Sharjah flight service, which is the 47th non-stop direct connection of Air India Express between India and the Gulf region. The Diamond and Textile city of Surat goes international on the wings of Air India Express is icing on the cake.
The first-ever international flight has landed at Surat Airport on 16th February 2019, with Air India Express flight IX 172 from Sharjah touching down with 75 passengers. The first flight on Surat- Sharjah Sector, IX 171 departed Surat Airport with 186 passengers. The senior management team of Air India Express were at the airport to see off the passengers.
Air India Express aircraft, Boeing 737-800 NG based in Sharjah is operating the non-stop Sharjah-Surat service. Captain Ashish Gangurde and Captain Jeshmin Mistry operated the maiden flight with cabin crew Ms Purnima Kantharia, Ms Manasvi Dadia, Ms.Megha Kirtania and Mr Dhruv Raghav. Air India Express will operate four services per week on this sector, in the upcoming summer schedule, which will be in operation from April 1, 2019. In the Summer Schedule, Sharjah -Surat services will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and Surat – Sharjah services will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Surat- Sharjah is the 47th non-stop direct connection of Air India Express between destinations in India and the Gulf Region. The Airline’s network in the Middle East extends to 13 cities.
Air India Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India. This low-cost arm of Air India is headquartered in Kochi, Kerala. Air India Express enjoys 6% market share in India – International travel market, and about 14 % market share in the India – Gulf travel market.
The airline’s target segments are Indian expatriates, budget travellers and leisure travellers. The airline aims at providing non-stop, no-frills service to its customers across all channels.
With a fleet size comprising 25 Boeing 737 – 800 NG aircraft, the Airline flies to 13 International and 20 The airline takes immense pride in its commitment to maintaining service quality, professionalism, and the pursuit of excellence.