PARIS- Tata-owned Air India (AI) has officially confirmed its order for 250 Airbus aircraft and selected Airbus maintenance and digital solutions to fuel the airline’s strategic transformation and expansion plans.
The aircraft order includes 140 A320neo and 70 A321neo single-aisle planes, along with 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 wide-body jets.
This order solidifies Air India’s commitment to modernize and expand its fleet. Subsequently, the initial Letter of Intent for the acquisition was signed earlier this year.
Air India Confirms 250 Airbus
Reliable Maintenance Solutions: Air India will rely on Airbus to ensure optimal fleet availability through the Integrated Materials Solutions (IMS) provided by Satair, an Airbus company.
This maintenance solution will ensure that all necessary parts are readily available. Further, with automatic replenishment, enhancing operational efficiency.
In its journey towards digitalization, Air India will become the launch customer for Airbus’ cutting-edge aviation analytics platform, Skywise Core X3. Subsequently, this collaboration between Airbus and Air India showcases their forward-thinking approach to revolutionizing the aviation industry.
The purchase agreements for the aircraft and the Letters of Intent for maintenance and digital services were officially signed at the Paris Air Show 2023.
The ceremony witnessed the presence of key figures, including N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons and Air India; Campbell Wilson, CEO & MD of Air India; Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, and Rémi Maillard, President and Managing Director, Airbus India, and South Asia.
Campbell Wilson, CEO & MD of Air India, expressed the airline’s ambitious fleet renewal and expansion plans. Subsequently, aiming to operate the most advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft across their route network within five years.
This collaboration with Airbus and other partners signifies Air India’s determination to regain its position as a world-class premium carrier.
Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International at Airbus commended Air India’s renaissance project, highlighting the efficiency, comfort, and range capability of Airbus’ latest generation aircraft.
He emphasized the importance of Airbus services in driving Air India’s transformation.
The historic order from Air India marks the introduction of the Airbus A350 in India, the world’s fastest-growing aviation market.
The A350’s long-range capabilities will unlock new possibilities for India’s long-haul market. Subsequently, offering enhanced passenger experiences, improved sustainability, and economic benefits.
Additionally, the A320 Family aircraft will continue to democratize and decarbonize air travel in India, serving domestic, regional, and international routes.
The A350 stands out as the world’s most modern and efficient wide-body aircraft in the 300-410 seater category.
With state-of-the-art technologies and aerodynamics, it boasts superior fuel efficiency and operating costs. Subsequently, carbon dioxide emissions reduction compared to previous-generation competitors. Further, the aircraft’s quiet cabin and modern in-flight features ensure a comfortable flying experience.
The A321neo, part of Airbus’ renowned A320 Family, offers a spacious cabin. Further accommodating 180 to 220 passengers in a typical configuration and up to 244 in a higher-density layout.
The A320neo, known for its comfort and versatility, accommodates 140 to 170 passengers. With a maximum capacity of up to 180 travelers.
These aircraft demonstrate exceptional environmental performance. With at least 20% less fuel burn, reduced CO2 emissions, and a 50% noise footprint reduction compared to previous-generation aircraft.
With the finalized order and strategic partnerships, Air India is poised to embark on a transformative journey. Further leveraging Airbus’ advanced aircraft and innovative solutions to shape the future of Indian aviation.
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