MUMBAI- Tata-owned Indian FSC Air India (AI) has added another Airbus A321neo to the fleet. The new Airbus A321neo is the third aircraft to be taken on lease by the Indian flag carrier.
The largest international airline Air India took the delivery of the first Airbus A321neo, named after Ratan Tata. The plane landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (DEL) on 26th March 2023. This was the first time that Air India took delivery of a narrowbody airliner after its acquisition by Tata Group last year in Jan 2022.
Air India New A321neo
The new A321neo has the registration VT-RTB. According to Flight Radar 24, the tracking website, the plane took off from Hamburg (XFW) at 8:08 AM and landed at Delhi (DEL) at 4:20 PM UTC. It made a nonstop flight as AI1112 with additional fuel onboard.
The addition of new planes will help strengthen the airline’s Asian Network. Furthermore, the Indian carrier is looking to expand into Gulf countries. As it now offers more flights than Emirates (EK) between Dubai (DXB) to Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM).
The airline is also committed to taking the delivery of another Airbus A321 this week. Subsequently, the airline will add receive the fourth Ex-Delta Air Lines Boeing 777 this week.
Other Aircraft Updates
So far, Airbus has transferred four A350 registration from Aeroflot (SU) to Air India. While remaining will be added shortly to the Indian carrier. Furthermore, this A350s Manufacturer’s Serial Number (MSN) is MSN 554, 558, 585, and most recently added, MSN 589.
It has secured a lease of six ex-Etihad (EY) Boeing 777-300ER. It is in the United States and will be ready for delivery in the coming days.
Four of the six ex-Etihad Boeing 777s are currently at Victorville Airport, USA. The MSN number of these planes are MSN 39687; MSN 39700; MSN 39689; and MSN 39690. Furthermore, the Indian FSC is in the stage of receiving its first B777-300ER, which bears MSN 39686.
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