Air In­dia to de­fer fleet ex­pan­sion ?

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation Defence & in India -

Air In­dia has re­port­edly put fleet ex­pan­sion plans on hold af­ter the gov­ern­ment ini­ti­aited talks on pri­vatis­ing the com­pany that has run up debts of Rs 55,000 crore. Se­nior Air In­dia ex­ec­u­tives con­firmed that dis­cus­sions on buy­ing new air­craft were shelved af­ter the avi­a­tion min­istry said that the air­line’s fate is be­ing dis­cussed by the fi­nance min­istry. “The avi­a­tion min­istry has asked us not to go ahead with any ex­pan­sion plans be­cause the gov­ern­ment has started a dis­cus­sion on the pri­vati­sa­tion,” said an Air In­dia of­fi­cial. “While we can­not hold back on in­duc­tion of air­craft that were al­ready com­mit­ted, we have im­me­di­ately put on hold dis­cus­sions on get­ting new air­craft. ”

The air­line was other­wise in the process of adding 17 air­craft, 10 more ATRs for Al­liance Air and 7 more Air­bus 320 neos (new en­gine op­tions) for Air In­dia to strengthen its short haul re­gional and in­ter­na­tional pres­ence. Presently, the com­pany is adding 10 ATR air­craft for Al­liance Air and 22 Air­bus 320 (neos) for Air In­dia, the in­duc­tion of th­ese 32 air­craft be­ing al­ready com­mit­ted.

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