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AirAsia India gears up for ex-Jet Airways Boeing 737-800s

New Delhi - All-Airbus operator AirAsia India applied to the Indian civil aviation regulator to include Boeing 737 to its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) as it aims to take over some Boeing 737-800s of the bankrupt Jet Airways.

The low-cost joint venture between Tata Sons and AirAsia Group is an all- Airbus operator with 20 Airbus A320-200 in the fleet. The airline did not reveal how many Boeing 737-800s it wants to transfer from Jet Airways.

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced earlier that it would temporarily assign the slots of the insolvent Jet Airway to other airlines which are immediately able to fill them.

SpiceJet, another Indian low-cost operator also said it would acquire Jet Airways' 22 Boeing 737-800 and thirteen grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 that are currently being repossessed by the lessors.

Vistara Airlines, another all-Airbus operator owned by Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines reportedly eyes ex-Jet Airways Boeing 737-800s as well.

Jet Airways had four Boeing 737-700, 54 Boeing 737-800 and five Boeing 737-900 in the fleet including those of its subsidiary JetLite.