Air India, will be getting two new A350 planes this year. They got permission from DGCA for this. They plan to have a total of six of these planes by March 2024, as confirmed by officials.
Steered by the Tata Group, the loss-making Air India is expanding its fleet as well as operations. In February, the carrier placed an order for 470 aircraft, including 40 A350-900/1000 planes.
According to knowledgeable officials, Air India has been given approval by DGCA to add two A350 planes to its fleet, specifically the A350-900 and A350-1000 models. These aircraft will use Rolls Royce engines. An airline official mentioned that they plan to bring in these two large planes sometime this year. By the end of March next year, Air India expects to have a total of six A350 planes, the official added.
Currently, Air India, which was taken over by the Tata Group from the government in January last year, has a fleet of 126 planes. This includes 52 wide body boeing 787 and 777 aircraft.
In a message to the staff on July 21, Air India chief Campbell Wilson had said that around a third of its total wide body fleet will feature modern seats and in-flight entertainment systems by March 2024.