Air India said on Monday it will gradually introduce 30 new aircraft, including 5 Boeing wide-body aircraft, from December this year, as the Tatas-owned airline looks to boost its domestic and international services.
The airline has signed leases and letters of intent to operate 5 Boeing wide-body aircraft and 25 Airbus narrow-body aircraft over the next 15 months.
“These new aircraft, which will enter service from late 2022, will increase the airline’s fleet by more than 25 percent. Excluding the 10 narrow-body long-body and 6 wide-body aircraft that have been brought back into service in recent months, these new aircraft represent the first Significant fleet expansion since the Tata Group’s acquisition of Air India earlier this year.”
The chartered aircraft include 21 Airbus A320neo, 4 Airbus A321neo, and 5 Boeing B777-200LR.
The B777-200LR will join the fleet between December 2022 and March 2023. It will be deployed on routes from Indian metro cities to the United States.
“Mumbai will see the addition of flights to San Francisco as well as to both New York area international airports, Newark Liberty and John F. Kennedy, while Bangalore will receive 3 times weekly service to San Francisco.
“These aircraft will lead to Air India introducing premium economy class haul flights for the first time,” the statement said.
According to the release, 4 A321 neos are expected to join the fleet in the first quarter of 2023, while 21 A320neos will be introduced in the second half of 2023.
These aircraft will be deployed in domestic sectors as well as in international short-haul destinations.
“After a long period without significant growth, Air India is pleased to resume expanding its fleet and global footprint. These new aircraft, along with existing aircraft brought back into service, meet the immediate need for greater capacity and connectivity, and represent a strong step forward,” said the CEO. For Air India, Managing Director Campbell Wilson.
At the moment, the company’s fleet of narrow-body aircraft is 70 aircraft. Among them, 54 are in service and the remaining 16 aircraft will gradually return to service by early 2023.
Air India’s wide fleet has 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. The rest will be back in service by early 2023.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by the NDTV crew and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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