CoVid19 Indian Aircraft Grounding Tracker: GoAir 77%, Vistara 42% Fleet Grounded (March 23, 2020)

As the demand has dropped off a cliff around the world, people are reducing, or stopping to fly altogether. In the wake of this, I am still not sure why many flights have 40%- 50% loads as per the anecdotal data I am getting from pilots as well as passengers on these aircraft. With airlines having made the call to reduce schedules and so on, no Indian airline is coming forward to announce a full/partial grounding.

Due to this, at LFAL, we started our own efforts to keep a tab on aircraft utilisation and reduction in capacity. Remember, reduction in capacity can happen in two ways. Many airlines just park some aircraft and use others. In India, many airlines don’t park aircraft but just reduce utilisation as well. For instance, if an aircraft did 5-6 sectors a day, they would just do 2-3 with it sometimes.

For this effort, we have onboard Harsh Agarwal as well, who runs a very informative Twitter account on Indian aviation, who helped us with the compilation.

I am still compiling the data and formatting it, but I thought I would start to put out some of the data we have ready as of March 23, 2020, 3 PM.

GoAir: 77% Fleet Not Being Utilized

GoAir has a fleet size of 56 as on March 23, 2020, all of these a mix of A320ceo/neo aircraft. It turns out, on March 23, 2020, the airline has 43 of these aircraft not being used for more than one days.

AircraftTypeLast Flight Operated OnParking AirportLast Operated RouteLast Flight Operated Number
VT-WAKA320ceoMarch 17, 2020CNNBOM-CNNG8-383
VT-WALA320ceoMarch 18, 2020CNNBOM-CNNG8-383
VT-GOJA320ceoFebruary 12, 2020VO95BLR-VO95VTGOJ
VT-GOKA320ceoMarch 20, 2020HYDDEL-HYDG8-425
VT-GOMA320ceoMarch 17, 2020DELAMD-DELG8-720
VT-GONA320ceoMarch 19, 2020DELBOM-DELG8-345
VT-GOOA320ceoMarch 17, 2020DELBOM-DELG8-643
VT-GOPA320ceoMarch 18, 2020BLRIXZ-BLRG8-803
VT-GOQA320ceoFebruary 24, 2020VO95BLR-VO95VTGOQ
VT-GORA320ceoMarch 18, 2020BOMMAA-BOMG8-302
VT-WGAA320neoMarch 19, 2020DELGOI-DELG8-195
VT-WGGA320neoMarch 14, 2020DELPAT-DELG8-144
VT-WGYA320neoFebruary 18, 2020AMDBLR-AMDG8-801
VT-WGZA320neoMarch 13, 2020DELVNS-DELG8-403
VT-WJAA320neoMarch 16, 2020DELPNQ-DELG8-2541
VT-WJBA320neoMarch 18, 2020DELIXB-DELG8-851
VT-WJDA320neoMarch 21, 2020CCUPNQ-CCUG8-394
VT-WJEA320neoMarch 21, 2020BLRDEL-BLRG8-557
VT-WJGA320neoJanuary 19, 2020DELBOM-DELG8-345
VT-WJQA320neoMarch 19, 2020HYDCCU-HYDG8-121
VT-WGBA320neoMarch 20, 2020DELPAT-DELG8-132
VT-WGDA320neoMarch 20, 2020DELPAT-DELG8-150
VT-WGEA320neoMarch 19, 2020DELAMD-DELG8-714
VT-WGFA320neoMarch 20, 2020CCUJAI-CCUG8-702
VT-WGHA320neoMarch 21, 2020BOMIXR-BOMG8-484
VT-WGIA320neoMarch 21, 2020DELPAT-DELG8-2512
VT-WGJA320neoMarch 21, 2020HYDLKO-HYDG8-559
VT-WGMA320neoMarch 20, 2020DELAMD-DELG8-714
VT-WGNA320neoMarch 21, 2020HYDCCU-HYDG8-125
VT-WGOA320neoMarch 21, 2020HYDPAT-HYDG8-516
VT-WGPA320neoMarch 21, 2020BLRLKO-BLRG8-806
VT-WGRA320neoMarch 21, 2020CCULKO-CCUG8-163
VT-WGUA320neoMarch 21, 2020BLRDEL-BLRG8-124
VT-WGVA320neoMarch 21, 2020BOMLKO-BOMG8-396
VT-WGWA320neoMarch 21, 2020BOMDEL-BOMG8-429
VT-WJHA320neoMarch 21, 2020MAAAMD-MAAG8-912
VT-WJIA320neoMarch 21, 2020MAABOM-MAAG8-303
VT-WJJA320neoMarch 21, 2020BOMLKO-BOMG8-402
VT-WJOA320neoMarch 21, 2020CCUPNQ-CCUG8-394
VT-WJPA320neoMarch 21, 2020DELBLR-DELG8-120
VT-WJRA320neoMarch 21, 2020DELPNQ-DELG8-176
VT-WOSA320ceoMarch 21, 2020VOBGVOBL-VOBGG8-557
VT-WAGA320ceoNovember 3, 2019HYDDEL-HYDG8-7029 (ferry flight)

Vistara: 42.5% Fleet Not Being Utilized

Vistara has a fleet size of 41 as on March 23, 2020. 33 of these aircraft are A320ceo/neo and 7 are Boeing 737 aircraft. 1 Boeing 787 is not included in this assessment as it is in the process of induction. 17 of these aircraft have not been used for a day or more.

AircraftTypeLast Flight Operated OnParking AirportLast Operated RouteLast Flight Operated Number
VT-ATVA320neoMarch 22, 2020MumbaiGOI-BOMUK910
VT-TNCA320neoMarch 22, 2020MumbaiBLR-BOMUK864
VT-TNFA320neoMarch 22, 2020DelhiPAT-DELUK716
VT-TNIA320neoMarch 22, 2020MumbaiHYD-BOMUK876
VT-TNMA320neoMarch 22, 2020ChandigarhDEL-IXCUK637
VT-TNQA320neoMarch 22, 2020MumbaiDEL-BOMUK955
VT-TNRA320neoMarch 22, 2020BengaluruBOM-BLRUK865
VT-TNWA320neoMarch 21, 2020BengaluruDEL-BLRUK813
VT-TNYA320neoBrand New
VT-TTGA320ceoMarch 20, 2020HyderabadDEL-HYDUK871
VT-TTIA320ceoMarch 22, 2020ChennaiDEL-MAAUK837
VT-TTJA320ceoMarch 19, 2020DelhiBOM-DELUK994
VT-TTKA320ceoMarch 22, 2020DelhiIXC-DELUK638
VT-TTLA320ceoMarch 22, 2020DelhiPNQ-DELUK992
VT-TTNA320ceoMarch 21, 2020DelhiRPR-DELUK978
VT-TGGB737-800 NGMarch 22, 2020MumbaiGOI-BOMUK862
VT-TGIB737-800 NGMarch 22, 2020DelhiBOM-DELUK986

Apart from this, Vistara has also vastly reduced the utilisation cycle of their aircraft, sometimes using them only for one sector in a day.

Airlines in India may not be talking about a grounding, but they are actually leaving aircraft all over the place, to be used later. March 22, 2020, has accelerated this grounding because people finally stopped getting out of their house.

Check back at this page later to find out about some of the other airlines which have grounded their aircraft.

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