Air India (AI) will be dry leasing two to four Boeing 747-400 combi aircraft to be operated by itself and 11 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Air India Charters Ltd (AICL). Air India will be looking at 747-400s to be leased for a period of three years, and can seat up to 220 and 300 passengers in a two or a three-class configuration. For AICL, the lease duration is expected to be five years.
Preferred delivery date for the 747-400s is March 2005, while AICL is looking to operate three 737 aircraft in March 2005 followed by four aircraft each in October next year and March 2006. AICL will also consider deliveries as late December 2006.
Air India had entered the dry lease market earlier this year as well, looking to lease as many as 20 aircraft for periods of seven to ten years. These included three ultra-long haul aircraft, and would be a choice between Airbus A-340-500 and Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft. The remaining 17 aircraft were to be leased from among four types of aircraft, the Airbus A-330-200, A 340-300, Boeing 777-200 ER and Boeing 747-400 combi.
Leasing additional aircraft will enable the airlines to offer more flights to existing destinations and facilitate the launch of non-stop services between India and distant countries, such as the US.
Aseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2042 posts, RR: 10 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5288 times:
Quoting MauriceB (Reply 4): Eva Air is replacing theire 747-400 combi's with 777-300ER's, so i guess these are the planes the suppose to lease.
putting two and two together, combis are being preferred so that they can start routes which can later be operated using B773s. Fast work!!
I think these B738s must be for AIX. Funny they taking more of these even as the news of merger with IC gains momentum. Maybe they're themselves not that sure about merger.
Kkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5149 times:
AI, I believe is trying to lease some additional 777-200s and 777-300s. The 747-400 combis I thought were off the table a while ago. Also IX has four leased 737-800s and has orders for 18 more. Maybe the 13 planes are to jump start operations, or to compete in the domestic market, perhaps? Very strange. Either old news or a major change in direction again at AI.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3137 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4655 times:
I have a suspicion this article is very outdated. If AI wants to increase their cargo ops, shouldn't they be buying (or at least leasing) dedicated cargo a/c? In addition, why would they be looking to lease A345, considering they've not ordered any?
Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2876 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4648 times:
Unless EVA Air, KLM or Asiana is ready to downsize very quickly 744 combis aren't going to be had in the current market. AF & LH operate some 744 combis but are layout in all-pax config.
The 744 situation on the otherhand is different as SQ will be unloading a few in the next few years as A388 & 773ERs are delivered.
With the exception of few 738s from troubled ATA, I don't think there are second-hand 738s available for lease. Only other way is AIX thinks DL is going to fold, which it won't; or head to the long line at Renton.