Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Air India mulls leasing Dorniers to boost regional services

New Delhi: Flag carrier Air India is mulling leasing ten Dornier aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to boost its regional operations as the government looks to make flying more affordable under the ambitious UDAN scheme.
State-owned HAL is already making the Dornier 228 planes under licence from Swiss technology company RUAG for the defence forces and European markets.
To evaluate the feasibility of inducting a new type of jetliner into its fleet, Air India has set up three committees and a final decision on the matter would be taken after receiving reports from the panels, the airline's Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said.
Currently, the government-owned carrier operates aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and ATR.
"We have set up three committees, one each from finance, operations and engineering. These committees will study all aspects of the proposal and any decision (whether to lease or not to lease) will be based on the outcome of their reports," Lohani told PTI here.
02/11/16 PTI/Economic Times