Air India to lease six Boeing aircraft

Tribune News Service


New Delhi, December 5

Air India on Monday said it is leasing six wide-body Boeing B777 aircraft to expand its existing fleet, which will be in addition to the leasing of 30 planes announced earlier this year.

Expanding fleet

  • The aircraft are expected to be inducted in the existing fleet in the first half of 2023
  • The airline had in September this year announced that it would add 30 leased aircraft — 21 A320, 4 A321 and 5 B777-200LR in its fleet over a 15-month period

Earlier in the day, the Tata Group-owned full service carrier had announced that it has decided to lease 12 aircraft — six wide-body B777-300ER and six narrow-body A320neo — to augment its fleet for expanding its domestic and international flight services network.

In a revised statement, Air India said it will lease six B777-300 ER aircraft to further augment its existing fleet. These aircraft are expected to be inducted in the first half of 2023, it added.

Air India’s B777-300 ER will have four class configuration — first, business, premium economy and economy — and will be deployed to connect metro cities of the country with more international destinations, the airline said.

In addition to leasing of aircraft, Air India has also brought back into operations 19 planes, which were grounded for a long time while nine more such planes are expected to join the fleet, it stated.

“Growing our network is an essential part of Air India’s Vihaan.AI transformational journey and we remain committed to increasing connectivity and frequency of flights both domestically and internationally,” said Campbell Wilson, Managing Director and CEO, Air India.

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