Air India will bring back its 10 wide-body aircraft to service by early 2023, the Tata-owned airline stated on Sunday.
“Air India’s wide-body fleet now stands at 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. This is a significant improvement from 28 aircraft that the airline was operating till recently,” its report stated according to the news agency.
Wide-body aircraft are best suited for long-haul international travel like India-US or India-Canada. The aircraft has a bigger fuel tank.
The carrier also added that the remaining aircraft will be progressively returned by earlier 2023. They also declared that the Delhi-Vancouver flight which is currently operating just 3 times per week will fly daily from 31 August.
The growing traffic between Delhi and Vancouver and the return to service of the Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft (which is also a wide-body aircraft), is the reason for this enhancement of frequency between the cities.
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“The progressive restoration of these aircraft has already permitted Air India to raise schedule resilience and will permit further frequency and network increases over the coming months,” the report said.
Campbell Wilson, the newly appointed CMD of Air India had asked last month about the airline’s integrated operations control center (IOCC). IOCC is a sort of “nerve center” of any airline. He asked IOCC to report directly to him and provide suggestions for improving on-time performance.
He also remarked that the boost in frequency between the Delhi-Vancouver route is the first step towards restoring Air India’s fleet and network.
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