GURUGRAM- Tata-owned Air India Group, which is formed by a coalition of four carriers, has added 10 new aircraft in around 40 days.
The information was first reported by X (Formerly Twitter) user JetArena, which shows the complete timeline of delivery from November until the 10th of December.
Air India Group New Aircraft
Now, let us see all these newly inducted aircraft in terms of their delivery schedule. Further, we have gathered additional information on the number of aircraft type in the fleet.
On November 1, 2023, Air India (AI) took delivery of a brand new Airbus A320neo. The aircraft is taken on lease and is registered as VT-RTQ. The aircraft is the 28th one to join the A320neo fleet.
One week later, on November 8, 2023, Air India took delivery of another new A320neo. The aircraft is registered as VT-RTO and is the 29th one to join the fleet.
Likewise, on November 15, 2023, the airline took delivery of a new A320neo registered as VT-RTP and 30th neo to join the fleet.
On 27 November 2023, Air India took delivery of a new A320neo, registered as VT-RTT, which is the 31st neo in the fleet. Remember all these A320neo are taken on lease and are powered by CFM engines.
Finally, on November 29, 2023, Vistara (UK) took delivery of its sixth Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft has the registration VT-TSH. It’s brand new but a 3-year-old and was stuck due to manufacturing issues with 787-type aircraft.
On the last day of November, Air India took the 32nd A320neo on lease. The aircraft has a registration VT-RTH.
This month, on December 1, 2023, the low-cost arm, Air India Express (IX), took delivery of the new and fourth Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The aircraft is registered as VT-BXB. Similar to the 787, the aircraft is 4.3 years old and was earlier designated to China Eastern Yunnan Airlines (MU).
On December 7, 2023, Air India added the 33rd A320neo, registered as VT-RTG.
Two days later, on December 79, 2023, Vistara took delivery of Airbus A320neo. This one is the 49th neo to join the fleet and is registered as VT-TQT.
Lastly, today, December 10, 2023, Air India Express added the 5th new 737 MAX 8 in the fleet. The aircraft is registered as VT-BXH and is 4.6 years old and was earlier designated for Air China (CA).
To conclude, over the past 40 days, TATA Group airlines have acquired a total of 10 new aircraft. This comprises 2 Boeing 737 MAX 8, 7 Airbus A320neo, and 1 Boeing 787.
Airbus A350 Delivery Update
Air India CEO Wilson Campbell announced that the airline plans to feature two of its new planes at the Hyderabad WINGS festival in January.
Among the two aircraft Air India plans to feature, one is a wide-body Airbus A350, marking India’s inaugural presence of such an aircraft. The well-known Boeing 737 MAX will be the second showcased plane, featuring Air India’s new branding.
Additionally, he noted the completion of the title transfer for the fourth A350, slated to join the fleet in February.
As Air India (AI) prepares for the imminent delivery of its initial Airbus A350 aircraft later this month, the airline is enhancing its in-house capabilities to perform maintenance tasks on the widebody planes.
Approximately 30 engineers have undergone original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, with some individuals completing courses related to the aircraft’s structure and engine run.
In the latest update, the airline has dispatched three groups of engineers from Air India Group subsidiaries, namely Air India, Vistara, and AIX Connect, for specialized training sessions in Toulouse.
Following the completion of these training sessions, these engineers will return in time to facilitate the delivery of the new A350 – a historic milestone for an Indian airline.
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