Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Air India hikes aircraft lease tally by 6, taking total to 36

Tata Group-owned Air India said on Monday it has leased six Boeing B777-300 ER widebody aircraft to augment its existing fleet, expected to be inducted in the first half of 2023 on long-haul international routes.

This is the second announcement by the former flag carrier this year on aircraft leasing. It leased 30 aircraft earlier this year, including 21 Airbus A320, four Airbus A321 and five Boeing B777-200LR widebody aircraft.

The Boeing B777-300 ER will be deployed to connect Indian metro cities with even more international destinations. Air India will offer premium economy, a first by the airline, on the B777-300 ERs besides the regular first, business and economy class configuration.

Under the airline’s aggressive expansion plan, 19 long-grounded aircraft have already returned to the skies with nine more to follow, even as the airline has stepped up leasing of narrow and wide-body aircraft.

Air India has raised the frequency of flights in the domestic sector and has also announced direct flights between Indian cities to destinations like Doha, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Birmingham.

Last week the airline resumed its non-stop service between Bengaluru and San Francisco with a Boeing B777-200LR. Last month, Air India said it will commence direct flights from Delhi to Milan, Vienna and Copenhagen starting February 1, 2023.

06/12/22 Swaraj Baggonkar/FE/Indian Express

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