Saturday, October 14, 2023

Air India’s widebody retrofit to begin in H2CY24, say sources

To offer an improved in-flight cabin experience onboard its aircraft, Air India is expected to commence retrofitting its legacy widebody planes in the second half of 2024, sources told FE.

Notably, the retrofit programme is a significant step in Air India’s transformation journey.

The airline had announced it would spend $400 million refurbishing its Boeing 777 and 787 widebody aircraft, as well as the A320neo planes.

At present, Air India has 36 Airbus A320neos, 22 Boeing 777s and 27 Boeing 787s.

The overall plan is to overhaul these aircraft with new seats, modern inflight entertainment systems, new upholstery and the possible addition of premium-class seats.

According to sources, the retrofit programme is likely to begin in July 2024 and run through 2027.

In detailing the plan, sources said that the timing of the refurbishment has been chosen after considering the current supply chain challenges.

Airline experts expect supply-side constraints to considerably ease by next year. Apart from interiors, the airline will gradually redo the exteriors of these aircraft with the new branding.

14/10/2023 Rohit Vaid/Financial Express

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