Air India on Monday mentioned it can progressively induct 30 new plane, together with 5 wide-body Boeing planes, from December this yr, because the Tatas-owned airline appears to be like to spice up its home and worldwide companies.
The airline has signed leases and letters of intent for inducting 5 wide-body Boeing and 25 Airbus narrow-body planes over the following 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 mentioned in a launch.
The planes being leased embody 21 Airbus A320 neos, 4 Airbus A321 neos and 5 Boeing B777-200LRs.
The B777-200LRs will be 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 plane will lead to Air India providing Premium Economy haul flights for the primary time,” the statement said.
According to the release, the 4 A321 neo aircraft are expected to join the fleet in the first quarter of calendar year 2023, while the 21 A320 neos will be inducted in the second half of 2023.
These aircraft will be deployed on domestic sectors as well as for short-haul international destinations.
“After a very long time with out important progress, Air India is delighted to renew increasing its fleet and international footprint. These new plane, along with current plane being returned to service, tackle a right away want for extra capability and connectivity, and mark a powerful step ahead,” Air India CEO and (*30*) Director Campbell Wilson mentioned.
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.
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