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Air India plans to increase aircraft fleet by 25 percent within next 15 months

These aircraft will be deployed on domestic sectors as well as for short-haul international destinations

Air India plans to increase aircraft fleet by 25 percent within next 15 months
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Tata-owned airline Air India plans to boost its domestic and international flight services and to make it happen, the airline stated it will progressively induct 30 new aircraft, including 5 wide-body Boeing planes, from December this year.

The airline has signed leases and letters of intent for inducting 5 wide-body Boeing and 25 Airbus narrow-body planes over the next 15 months.

The planes being leased include 21 Airbus A320 neos, 4 Airbus A321 neos and 5 Boeing B777-200LRs. The B777-200LRs will join the fleet between December 2022 and March 2023. They will be deployed on routes from Indian metro cities to the US.

According to the release, the 4 A321 neo aircraft are expected to join the fleet in the first quarter of calendar year 2023, while the 21 A320 neos will be inducted in the second half of 2023.

These aircraft will be deployed on domestic sectors as well as for short-haul international destinations.

Currently, the airline's narrow-body fleet stands at 70 aircraft. Out of them, 54 are in service and the remaining 16 aircraft will progressively return to service by early 2023.

Air India's wide-body fleet stands at 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. The rest will return to service by early 2023.

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