Monday, September 28, 2015

AI nixes Boeing proposal on 3 planes; sticks to original order

After dilly-dallying for many years, Air India has decided to take delivery of three Boeing 777 planes as per 2006 purchase agreement while rejecting the US aircraft maker's proposal to convert them into single-aisle planes.

The decision, the first major one under new Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani, was taken at the airline's board meeting today, according to sources.

Besides, the board has given its go ahead to lease 14 fuel-efficient Airbus A320 new engine option (neo) planes from a Kuwaiti lessor.

"The board has given its approval to Air India to go ahead with the deliveries of three Boeing 777-300ERs. A decision in this regard has been pending for over seven years," sources told PTI here.

As part of its fleet expansion plan, the national carrier had in 2006 placed orders with Boeing for 68 aircraft -- 27 Dreamliners, 15 B777-300ERs, eight B777-200LRs and 18 B-737- 800s.
28/09/15 PTI/Business Standard
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