In The Next 4 to 5 years, Air India Expects to Add More Than 200 Planes to its Fleet

According to a source close to the situation, Air India plans to expand its fleet by more than 200 jets over the next five years.

“There isn’t any more time. The airline needs to expand quickly. “It’s stepping on the gas,” the aforementioned source explained.

He also stated that narrowbody planes will account for 70% of the orders, while widebody planes would account for 30%.

“We’re in discussions with both Airbus and Boeing.” “However, Boeing deliveries are behind schedule,” he remarked.

Christian Scherer, Airbus’ chief commercial officer, stated earlier in the day that the airline is “reorganising itself” under the Tata Group and will try to replace its fleet with new planes.

The airline is thought to be considering placing an order for the A350 wide-body planes from the European business. If it happens, it will be the freshly privatised airline’s first aircraft order since 2006. It would also make Air India the first Indian airline to order the A350, a fuel-efficient aircraft that is gaining appeal among global carriers.

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Air India sent a message to its pilots earlier this week asking whether they were interested in training for the A350. Tata Group leaders have remained silent on the company’s ambitions.

“Air India is clearly reorganising itself under the able stewardship of the Tatas, and it’s only natural that they consider an investment in new fleet and new aeroplanes, if only to regain more sovereignty and market share for an Indian carrier in the international market,” Scherer said on the sidelines of a press conference with Australian carrier Qantas on joint initiatives on sustainable fuel.

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Hundreds of airline and aerospace executives are in Doha for the International Air Transport Association’s two-day annual general meeting (IATA).

Scherer said he couldn’t comment on negotiations about plane orders with Air India/Tatas. According to sources close to the situation, he and his team have been in talks with the Tatas for the past six months over Air India’s new aircraft orders.

According to the persons, N Chandrasekaran, chairman of the airline and the aviation-to-automobile business, has met with his staff at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, and its important manufacturing location in Hamburg, Germany.

After a competitive bidding procedure in October of last year, the Tatas bought the loss-making, heavily indebted airline from the government.

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