Tata Group Property Air India is considering buying more than 200 new aircraft, 70 percent of which are narrow-built aircraft, aviation industry sources said Sunday.
While Air India has focused on Airbus’s A350 wide-body aircraft for purchase, talks with Airbus and Boeing for narrow-body aircraft is still in business, they said.
A wide-body aircraft like Airbus The A350 has a larger fuel tank that allows it to cover longer distances, such as the routes between India and the US.
Air India has not purchased a single aircraft since 2006 when it placed orders for 111 aircraft, 68 from US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing and 43 from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus†
The Tata Group took control of Air India on January 27 after winning the bid for the airline on October 8 last year.
On the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association’s 78th Annual General Meeting, airline industry sources said Air India is considering acquiring 200 new aircraft. The proportion of narrow-body aircraft over wide-body aircraft will be 70:30.
They said the decision on which narrow plane to buy to go for Airbus A320 family planes or Boeing’s 737Max planes is yet to be made.
According to Air India’s website, the airline has a total of 49 wide-angle aircraft – 18 Boeing B777, 4 Boeing B747 and 27 Boeing B787 – in its fleet. The airline also has 79 narrow-body aircraft in its fleet.
(Only the headline and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content was automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)
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