In an internal communication with employees, Air India CEO Campbell Wilson said that the airline is looking to explore collaboration with Tech giant Apple. He along with Dr. Satya Ramaswamy visited Apple Head Office in Palo Alto to explore opportunities for deepening ties with Apple.
Air India collaboration with Apple
For you, it may sound new but Air India has been in talks with Apple for a long time. On May 5, Business Standard reported that Air India is looking to collaborate with Apple on various issues like improvement of in-flight planning software used by pilots. The report added that the airline was becoming one of the largest customer of iPad in India.
With this visit, it seems that the ties are getting stronger with time.
Apart from Apple Headquarters, Air India CEO Wilson also visited Stanford University. He discussed about latest ideas in the field of inventory and pricing optimization, improved engine and emissions performance. The airline is also planning a quarterly pulse check to understand suggestions and concerns of its employees.
More widebodies to come
By the March of next year, the airline is aiming to induct 16 widebody aircraft. These inductions will include 1 Boeing 777-200LR, 9 Boeing 777-300ER and 6 Airbus A350-900.
The Last B777-200LR has reached Singapore for repaint. It will be then ferried to India with registration VT-AEI.
First B777-300ER, which is ex-Etihad has also reached Singapore for repaint. This will get VT-AER registration.
Air India today received Letter of Type Acceptance from DGCA, which allows the airline to induct India’s 1st Airbus A350.
Air India has already started pilot training for its upcoming A350 fleet.
What A350 provides to Air India?
With a range of around 8,000 nautical miles in a typical 2 class configuration, Airbus A350 allows Air India to fly ultra long haul flights to destinations like North America, Canada, etc. Current fleet is also capable of Ultra long haul operations but A350 is way more fuel efficient than the Boeing 777-200 AKA the fuel guzzler.
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Source : Livemint