TOULOUSE- Tata-owned Air India (AI), which placed a historical order with Airbus and Boeing, is set to receive the first batch of A350 aircraft, A320neo, and Boeing 737 MAX in the coming months.
Well, we all know this, so what’s the new update? The Indian carrier’s second A350 is spotted in White livery with engines installed and got Indian registration. Furthermore, five Airbus A320neo are getting prepared for delivery. Also, there is some more good news as well.
Air India A350 and A320neo Update
The planespotter based in Toulouse has spotted the second Airbus A350-900 belonging to Air India. The aircraft is spotted in completely white paint and is seen getting moved in the picture.
Further, Air India’s 2nd A350 will bear the Indian registration VT-JRI. This special registration series is chosen to pay tribute to the airline’s founder J.R.D Tata. Subsequently, the first A350-900 has the registration VT-JRH. While the VT-JRD is already been taken by AirAsia India A320neo aircraft.
The first will include the Six Airbus A350-900s, earlier designated for Russia’s Aeroflot (SU). But we all know what happened. Due to war and Western countries’ sanctions, these planes are now being transferred to Air India.
Now let us see the update on Air India’s five new Airbus A320neo. These planes having MSN 11774, MSN 11779, MSN 11779, MSN 11870, and MSN 11927 are now part of Air India.
The timeline for the delivery of this aircraft is yet to be disclosed. But worry not; we have some good news regarding Air India’s progress in the last few months.
Air India Boeing 737 MAX Update
These aircraft are included in the order that was initially revealed in February, encompassing a potential acquisition of up to 190 737 MAX aircraft. This order was formalized at the Paris Air Show held in June 2023.
Other Aircraft Details
On August 3, 2023, Indian FSC Air India (AI) received the first of six Ex Etihad Airways (EY) Boeing 777. The plane has the registration VT-AER and is currently in Delhi.
The aircraft has the name KRIYA and is the fourteen type in the AI fleet. Further, the airline has 18 Boeing 777, and they now have 121 aircraft in their fleet.
It is set to bolster its fleet modernization strategy by leasing three Boeing 777 aircraft from Singapore Airlines (SQ).
This move comes in addition to the existing 11 leased 777 aircraft and aims to facilitate the gradual phasing out of the older 777-200 planes that were inducted in 2009.
With the inclusion of the six new A350s, five leased 777-200LRs, and nine 777-300ERs by the end of this financial year, the wide-body fleet will see a substantial growth of 30% within a year.
Air India Rebranding
India’s largest FSC is poised for a highly anticipated overhaul that will involve a fresh identity encompassing a new logo and brand palette. It’s reported that the name ‘Air India’ will remain unchanged, preserving the brand’s essence.
In a recent announcement, the airline stated that a forthcoming event on August 10 will unveil a new phase of transformation. Fingers are Crossed.
As part of a rebranding initiative, the CEO, Campbell Wilson, announced that Air India is poised to introduce various fresh services. This includes a novel color scheme, redesigned cabin interiors, updated crew uniforms, and a new insignia.
The iconic airline mascot, known as The Maharajah, was also included for potential changes in the rebranding roadmap. It has been hinted that a female mascot could potentially join the roster.
There are more updates but limited time, but you can read them all here: Air India Updates
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