The Indian Aviation sector is growing at a rapid pace. There are many fleets which fly above the sky. In order to fulfil the increasing demand, all the major domestic carriers like IndiGo, GoAir, Air India and others have a composition of different aircraft under their domain. All the different aircraft which are operated by the airlines have a special purpose. Here we’ll cover the top 5 Aircraft that fly in the Indian Skies.
Airbus A320 is the most famous and demanding aircraft in domestic aviation. The Airbus A320 was first launched in 1984 and had different variants like Airbus A318, A319 and A321. In recent times, A320 is also known as A320ceo, which is followed by the introduction of the A320neo. Airbus A320 has a seating capacity of 107 to 236 passengers, and currently, there are 428 A320 operating in Indian Aviation. American Airlines is currently the largest operator of Airbus A320. The nation operates 412 aircraft in service. The major competitor of Airbus A320 is the Boeing 737. However, in October 2019, Airbus A320 became the highest-selling commercial aircraft. The Airbus A320 is widely used by all low-cost airlines as it is one of the most demanding aircraft in the aviation industry.
The Boeing 737 is a narrow-body aircraft which was first developed in the United States by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The aircraft has different variants, and it can accommodate approximately 85 to 215 passengers. According to the latest figures, there are almost 117 Boeing 737 in Indian aviation, and a major chunk is used by SpiceJet. Boeing 737 has a variant which was Boeing T-43. The aircraft further developed into different aircraft like Boeing 737 classic, Boeing 737 next generation and Boeing 737 Max. Boeing 737 also comes in Business Jet versions along with military models. The latest Boeing 737 model that is 737 max comes with improved turbo-fans for better performance. The 737 max has different variants which can accommodate almost 138 to 204 people.
The Boeing 747 is one of the most powerful commercial cargo aircraft. Boeing 747 uses a double-deck configuration which is used in the freighter, commercial passenger travel and other versions. In the current Indian Aviation sector, 2 Boeing 747 are used by the national carrier of India that is Air India. No other Indian carrier uses Boeing 747 for passenger or cargo purposes. The interior of Boeing 747 is pretty flexible as it can be used as a first-class lounge or extra seat. Not only this, the aircraft can easily be converted into a cargo carrier if the seats are removed, and the cargo door is installed.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a medium-size twin-engine jet airline which was also manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The Boeing 787 has the capacity to accommodate 242 to 300 passengers in their two-way seating configuration. Boeing 787 is 20 % fuel-efficient and comes with different variants. In the current domestic aviation sector, Air India operates Boeing 787. There are 27 Boeing 787 aircraft, and all of them are controlled by the national carrier Air India. According to the reports over 32 billion dollars have been spent on the Boeing 787 aircraft.
Bombardier Q400 is a turboprop aircraft which has been specially designed for shorter distances flights. The Bombardier Q400 comes with two boarding gates which are placed at front and end of the aircraft, which results in faster passenger loading. In the current domestic aviation sector, Bombardier Q400 is used by SpiceJet. There are 32 Bombardier Q400 in Indian aviation, and all of them are operated by SpiceJet.