This increase is lower than 2018, when airlines added about 100 panes and in 2019, when airlines added 29 aircraft, which was despite Jet Airways shutting operations. The biggest contributor to the tally has been IndiGo, which increased its fleet size from 253 to 284 planes despite returning about 13 older Airbus 320 planes during the year.
Vistara, which has big international expansion plans, added 7 aircraft till December-end. The airline says it has a fleet of 45 aircraft and had also returned five old Airbus A320 by till January 20, 2021. AirAsia India added five to its fleet.
SpiceJet saw its fleet reduce substantially by returning about 21 aircraft during the year, shrinking its fleet size to 81 from 102 planes in a year and GoAir saw its fleet size reduced by one aircraft. The budget airline said it returned 15 planes, as part of cost rationalisation. Air India group did not add or return any airplane during the year.