GURUGRAM- Air India (AI) intends to restore its entire “long-grounded” fleet, which has been inactive since the Tata Group’s takeover approximately two years ago, as per sources informed FE.
Reportedly, more than 95% of the “long-grounded” fleet, comprising Boeing 787s, 777s, and certain narrowbody Airbus A320-type aircraft, has already been returned to service. Only two aircraft from the ‘long-grounded’ category are yet to be reintegrated into the fleet.
Air India Long-Grounded Fleet
“Numerous aircraft in this category were grounded due to component shortages and engine deficits. With an improvement in the supply chain, the remaining two will be restored to operational status soon.”
Upon the Tatas’ takeover, Air India possessed over 30 ‘long-grounded’ aircraft in its fleet, encompassing wide and narrowbody planes.
Sources indicate that, beyond components, extensive renovations were undertaken, including a makeover of the cabin interiors.
“Thousands of seats across all these aircraft were repaired, and the inflight entertainment systems were reinstated in as many old aircraft as possible. In certain instances, more than 30,000 spare parts per aircraft were needed. The entire cabin space underwent enhancements.”
“One crucial lesson from this experience was the importance of having in-house capabilities and facilities for spare parts supply.”
Tata Takeover and Makeover
The airline has committed to investing over $400 million in a comprehensive overhaul of its existing widebody fleet, consisting of 43 Boeing 777s and 787s, commencing next year.
This endeavor involves a complete transformation of the interiors, encompassing seats, inflight entertainment systems, carpets, curtains, galleys, lavatories, and various other components.
According to sources, the reintroduction of the fleet has not only elevated fleet utilization levels but has also enhanced the resilience of the network.
Additionally, the airline has augmented its capacity, reinstated several former international routes, and introduced new ones.
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