Air India will soon start receiving a bunch of widebody aircraft as many are currently being painted in the airline new as well as old livery. In this article, we will have a look at details of the aircraft to be delivered to the airline in upcoming days.
Air India since privatization has huge ambitions to grow its long and ultra long haul network. It has plans to grow its European network by three times and North American network by two times. In fact, the airline has already taken some steps in doing so.
In Europe, it has resumed flights to 3 destinations in Europe – Milan, Vienna and Copenhagen. The airline used to operate these destinations pre-pandemic but terminated in 2020 end because of low demand and less revenue. Apart from this, it also started flights between Delhi and Amsterdam. In American market, the airline added more flights to San Francisco from Mumbai and Bengaluru. Frequency to Newark increased as well.
Talking about product, the airline is operating its modern interior aircraft on all US routes originating and ending at Mumbai Airport. Air India is using the Boeing 777-200LRs, which formerly were operated by Delta Airlines.
Being painted in Air India Livery
Currently, 5 widebody aircraft are being painted in Air India livery. After being painted in the livery, these aircraft will get soft interior modification in which the Air India logo and color scheme will be implemented in the interior.
Here are the details of the aircraft being painted :
- Airbus A350 with Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 589 was ferried to Singapore Airport on November 24. It will get VT-JRF as Indian registration.
- Airbus A350 with Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 594 was ferried to Singapore Airport on December 16. It will get VT-JRI as Indian registration.
- Boeing 777-300ER with Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 39689 was ferried to San Bernardino International Airport on Nov 15. It will get VT-AEP as Indian registration.
- Boeing 777-300ER with Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 39686 was ferried to San Bernardino International Airport on Nov 21. It will get VT-AEM as Indian registration.
- Boeing 777-300ER with Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 39688 was ferried to San Bernardino International Airport on Dec 7. It will get VT-AEO as Indian registration.
Both the Airbus A350s will get the new Air India livery while the Boeing 777-300ERs will get the old livery.
Yes old livery because this aircraft are included in a dry lease agreement signed by Air India. These Boeing 777-300ERs are former Etihad birds. Already, the airline has taken delivery of 2 such birds named Sadhvi and Kriya. One more MSN 39687 to be registered as VT-AEN is stored at Victorville.
More routes coming
Recently, the airline announced that by the end of Financial Year 2024, it will start flights to 4 more international destinations. It has already announced 1 destination in form of Phuket. Air India launched the inaugural flight between Delhi and Phuket on December 15. Apart from this new destination, the airline also launched a brand new route – Mumbai to Melbourne.
The question is which will be the remaining 3 destinations? A report from Financial Express said that the airline is looking at Boston, Los Angeles and Ho Chi Minh City as potential destinations. With the influx of this many widebody aircraft, it is always expected that the airline may start flights to a new destination in the United States of America. It has other options to increase frequency on routes to Newark. One more option includes product upgrade on routes to London Heathrow.
Only time will tell how the airline will use this aircraft. Lets wait and watch.
Source : JetArena