Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now

You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.

Airlines / Aviation

Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Air India to get grounded aircraft airborne by October

The airline's engineering department have already commenced repair work on these grounded aircraft.

Aug 15, 2019, 07.27 PM IST
On a standalone basis, the airline has a total fleet of 128 aircraft.
NEW DELHI: As Air India plans to commence flight operations to Africa and Canada, the flag carrier is hopeful that all 19 of its grounded aircraft will rejoin the fleet by October.

Accordingly, the airline's engineering department has commenced repair work on these grounded aircraft.

"In the first phase, two 787 aircraft shall be made available for service, while in the second phase, four 777 aircraft will become available. In the last phase, 13 Airbus A320 family aircraft are expected to join back the fleet," a senior Air India official told IANS.

"All the phases may get completed before the start of the winter schedule."

Earlier, the airline had earmarked at least Rs 500 crore to get 19 of its grounded passenger jets back into operations.

On a standalone basis, the airline has a total fleet of 128 aircraft.

Apart from restoring the fleet to its original size, the airline is also looking at the feasibility of increasing frequencies to Australia, whereas it nixed plans to commence the New Delhi-Los Angeles service in this financial year.

However, preparations are in full-swing to launch the Mumbai-Nairobi and Delhi-Toronto flight services from September 27 followed by commencement of operations on Delhi-Chennai-Bali sector from October 27.

Additionally, on the domestic front, the airline plans to start services on Mumbai-Dehradun-Varanasi-Patna and Delhi-Khajuraho-Varanasi routes.

Also Read

Air India buyer may be allowed to rename airline

Air India faces mass resignation ahead of divestment

Air India to meet unions over privatisation on Monday

Air India launches flight between Dehradun-Varanasi

Air India to add Navratra meals on domestic flights

Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Other useful Links

Follow us on

Download et app

Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service