Will bring back 10 grounded wide-body aircraft to service – Air India

Tata-owned Air India will bring back its 10 grounded wide-body aircraft to service by early 2023. The carrier announced on Sunday, August 7 that its wide-body fleet currently stands at 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational.

The addition of wide-body planes will help Air India expand its fleet on long-haul international routes like India-US and India-Canada as aircraft have a bigger fuel tank.

In a view to expanding its network, Air India has planned to induct wide-body aircraft into its fleet.

Air India further added that it will also run daily flights between Delhi in India and Vancouver in Canada from August 31 onwards. Currently, it operates the Delhi-Vancouver service three times per week.  

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This enhancement in frequency on the Delhi-Vancouver route caters to growing traffic between India and Canada and has been enabled by the return to service of the wide-body Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.

The increase of frequency on the Delhi-Vancouver route marks the first step in restoring Air India’s fleet and international network.

 The increase in frequency between the Delhi-Vancouver route is the first step towards restoring Air India’s fleet and network.

Following its acquisition by the Tata Group in January this year, Boeing has been working closely with Air India to restore aircraft that had been grounded for prolonged periods due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other reasons.

“The progressive restoration of these aircraft has already allowed Air India to increase schedule resilience and will allow further frequency and network increases over the coming months.”

Airline said in a statement.

In the last week of July, Wilson had asked the airline’s integrated operations control centre (IOCC), which is the “nerve centre” of any carrier, to report directly to him and give recommendations on how to improve the on-time performance.