(*30*)Air India to obtain 30 new plane, together with 5 wide-body Boeing planes, from December this 12 months. The airline has signed leases and letters of intent for inducting 5 wide-body Boeing and 25 Airbus narrow-body planes over the subsequent 15 months
“These new aircraft, which will enter service from late 2022, will increase the airline’s fleet by over 25 per cent. Not counting the 10 long-grounded narrow-body and 6 wide-body aircraft that have been returned to service in recent months, these new aircraft mark the first major fleet expansion since Air India’s acquisition by the Tata Group earlier this year,” it acknowledged in a launch. The planes being leased embrace 21 Airbus A320 neos, 4 Airbus A321 neos and 5 Boeing B777-200LRs.
The B777-200LRs will be a part of the fleet between December 2022 and March 2023. They will likely be deployed on routes from Indian metro cities to the US. “Mumbai will see the addition of flights to San Francisco as well as to both of the New York area’s international airports, Newark Liberty and John F Kennedy, while Bangalore will receive a 3x weekly service to San Francisco. These aircraft will result in Air India offering Premium Economy haul flights for the first time,” the assertion mentioned.
“After a long time without significant growth, Air India is delighted to resume expanding its fleet and global footprint. These new aircraft, together with existing aircraft being returned to service, address an immediate need for more capacity and connectivity, and mark a strong step forward,” Air India CEO and managing director Campbell Wilson mentioned.
The 4 A321 neo plane are anticipated to be a part of the fleet within the first quarter of calendar 12 months 2023, whereas the 21 A320 neos will likely be inducted within the second half of 2023. These plane will likely be deployed on home sectors in addition to for short-haul worldwide locations.
Currently, the airline’s narrow-body fleet stands at 70 plane. Out of them, 54 are in service and the remaining 16 plane will progressively return to service by early 2023. Air India’s wide-body fleet stands at 43 plane, of which 33 are operational. The relaxation will return to service by early 2023.