Alongside confirmation of commitment to Boeing aircraft, Air India has firmed up a deal with Airbus for 250 total aircraft.
The order, which was previously announced in February of this year, is part of Air India’s broader goal to transform itself and once more regain the title of a leading Indian carrier. Something most would argue has been missing for a considerable period.
Air India has commitments for 140 A320neo aircraft, 70 A321neo planes, 34 A350-1000s, and six A350-900s. It means it’ll have a spread between narrowbody and widebody planes from the European plane maker to take it into the next era of travel.
Our ambitious fleet renewal and expansion programme will see Air India operate the most advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft across our route network within five years. We are proud to be working with all our partners, including Airbus, in this journey to rebuild a global airline which reflects India taking a more confident posture around the world.Campbell Wilson, CEO & MD, Air India
The 2023 Paris Airshow has seen a giant spotlight on the Indian aviation sector, which will see fantastic levels of growth in the coming years. As a result, companies need to react to the increased demand and fight for the available market share. In multiple cases, either full-service or low-cost airlines eye new aircraft to power them ahead. For aircraft manufacturers, this is a huge opportunity to pitch their planes to the region and secure large contracts that sustain production for years and years to come.
Air India says they’re excited to partner with Airbus for such a commitment and believe under the new leadership; they’ll be able to focus on ambitious projects but with the right minds behind achieving such things.