AI Plans to Lease 5 Wide-body Air­craft

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New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment-owned Air In­dia is keep­ing all op­tions “open” on the type of wide-body air­craft, which it plans to lease, in­clud­ing the lat­est jet­liner from Air­bus, A350. The Euro­pean avi­a­tion ma­jor Air­bus is sched­uled to a give a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion to the na­tional air­line early next month in this re­gard, sources have said.

At present, Air In­dia has wide-body planes from the US air­craft maker Boe­ing , while its nar­row-body fleet con­sists of Air­bus planes. The air­line used to op­er­ate wide body A330 till a few years ago. How­ever, it phased them out af­ter in­duct­ing Boe­ing 787-800s in the fleet.

The Air In­dia Board has re­cently given ap­proval to the air­line to lease five wide-body planes in the fleet, which are to be in­ducted be­tween Jan­uary and March next year.

“We have not yet de­cided about the man­u­fac­turer. We are keep­ing all op­tions open on this. Some time back, Air­bus had given us an ini­tial pro­posal for its new­est jet­liner A350. We are eval­u­at­ing this as well,” a highly placed Air In­dia of­fi­cial said.

Air­bus is likely to give a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion on the per­for­mance of its wide­body prod­ucts, in­clud­ing A350 to Air In­dia on March 8, the of­fi­cial said.

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