Air India, a company owned by the Tata Group, published a tender on Wednesday to sell its three wide-bodied B777-200LR aircraft.
Airbus and Boeing are now in discussions with the Tata Group, which assumed control of Air India on January 27, about placing a sizable aircraft purchase.
The proposal deadline for three wide-bodied aircraft with GE90-110 engines was August 16, according to the solicitation.
Larger fuel tanks on wide-bodied aircraft enable them to fly on lengthy international routes, such as those between India and the US.
Air India presently has 128 aircraft in its fleet, including the three B777-200LR aircraft mentioned above, according to its website.
In order for Campbell Wilson, the CEO-designate of the company to take over the airline, the home ministry granted him security clearance.
Campbell Wilson, the incoming CEO of the company, received security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Campbell Wilson is now able to lead the airline thanks to the Central government’s security clearance, a senior official said.
After taking over the loss-making airline on January 27, Tata Sons announced Campbell Wilson’s appointment as Air India’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) on May 12.
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