Tatas Set to Transform Air India with Luxurious Seats and State-of-the-Art Entertainment by 2024
Air India is undergoing a significant transformation plan, aiming to equip one-third of its wide-body fleet with modern, luxurious seats, and advanced inflight entertainment systems by March 2024.
The airline, owned by the Tata Group, has already placed orders for 470 aircraft, including 70 wide-body planes, from Airbus and Boeing. CEO and MD Campbell Wilson announced that with the induction of six new A350s, five leased B772LRs, and nine B773ERs, the wide-body fleet will have grown by 30% in a year by the end of the current financial year.
The remaining wide-body fleet will undergo a USD 400 million interior refit to ensure consistent high standards on all aircraft. There have been previous complaints about malfunctioning seats and entertainment systems on some wide-body planes, primarily used for long and ultra-long haul routes to the US and Europe.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued the Letter of Type Acceptance for Air India’s Rolls Royce-powered A350s. The airline currently operates 50 wide-body aircraft out of its total fleet of 124, which includes 15 B777-300s, 8 B777-200s, and 27 B787-800s, with the remainder being narrow-body planes.
Additionally, Air India has finalized an order for LEAP engines from CFM International to power its new fleet of 400 narrow-body planes, comprising 210 Airbus A320/A321 neo and 190 Boeing 737 MAX family aircraft.
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