A subsidiary of Air India issued a tender to renovate the complete fleet of aircraft
The winning bidder will be responsible for refurbishing the cargo net, seat cushion repair, seat cover back and bottom, arm handle, floor board, seat belts and buckles, and tray table and latch
Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary, has put out a tender to renovate its whole fleet of 18 ATR-72 planes.
Air India is likely to be handed over to the Tata Group in the first half of this year, following its successful sale to the conglomerate in October last year. Alliance Air, on the other hand, will remain at the Centre because it was not for sale.
According to Alliance Air's tender, the winning bidder will be responsible for refurbishing the cargo net, seat cushion repair, seat cover back and bottom, arm handle, floor board, seat belts and buckles, tray table and its latch.
The vendor will have to refurbish a number of other items, including the engine cover, propeller strap, arm cap rest, internal cabin cloth, pitot cover, and small and large curtains, according to the tender.
Alliance Air has a fleet of 18 ATR-72 aircraft that fly to over 50 locations across India. There are around 70-72 seats on each of these planes.
The tender mentioned, "Full aircraft carpet replacement will be required out once a year on each aircraft."
The tender, which was launched last week, specified that central carpet replacement will be required every three months or as a conditional requirement on each aircraft.
"The service provider is required to carry out the carpet cutting as per approved drawing, edge binding (beading) laying and fixing of carpet in aircraft as is required by the engineering department," it noted.
Bidders who are interested must first submit technical bids. They will be able to submit their final financial bids once they have received clearance.