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Air India to induct 30 aircraft in next 15 months

The airline has signed leases and letters of intent to include 5 wide-body Boeing and 25 Airbus narrow-body aircraft.

The airline has signed leases and letters of intent to include 5 wide-body Boeing and 25 Airbus narrow-body aircraft.

Air India on Monday said it will gradually induct 30 new aircraft, including five wide-body Boeing aircraft, from December this year as the Tata-owned airline seeks to boost its domestic and international services.

The airline has signed leases and letters of intent to induct 5 wide-body Boeing and 25 Airbus narrow-body aircraft over the next 15 months.

“These new aircraft, which will enter service by the end of 2022, will increase the airline’s fleet by more than 25 percent. There have been 10 long-bodied and 6 wide-body aircraft that have returned to service in recent months. Not to be counted, these new aircraft mark the first major expansion of the fleet since the Tata Group’s acquisition of Air India earlier this year.”

The aircraft being leased include 21 Airbus A320 Neo, 4 Airbus A321 Neo and 5 Boeing B777-200LR.

The B777-200LRs will join the fleet between December 2022 and March 2023. They will be deployed on routes from Indian metro cities to the US.

“Mumbai will add flights to San Francisco as well as both international airports in the New York area, Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy, while Bangalore will receive 3x weekly service to San Francisco.

“As a result of these aircraft, Air India will offer premium economy haul flights for the first time,” the statement said.

According to the release, 4 A321 Neo aircraft are expected to be inducted in the first quarter of calendar year 2023, while 21 A320 Neos will be inducted in the second half of 2023.

These aircraft will be deployed for domestic as well as short-haul international destinations.

“After a long time without significant growth, Air India is pleased to resume expanding its fleet and global footprint. These new aircraft, with existing aircraft back in service, are in urgent need of greater capacity and connectivity. and mark a strong step forward,” said Campbell Wilson, CEO and Managing Director, Air India.

Currently, the airline has 70 aircraft in its narrow-bodied fleet. 54 of them are in service and the remaining 16 aircraft will progressively return to service in early 2023.

Air India’s wide-body fleet consists of 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. The rest will return to service in early 2023.

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