Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6991 posts, RR: 4 Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4774 times:
Quote: Air India's board is to consider proposals for the purchase of dozens of new aircraft in the coming weeks and expects firm orders to be placed around the middle of 2008. It is meanwhile hoping to be accepted as a member of the Star Alliance by the end of this year.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28520 posts, RR: 84 Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4698 times:
I would not be surprised to see an A380 order. They already have 787s and 777s on order, so I suppose they could take more of both. Their 777s have been sitting at PAE for months, so I am guessing they might not see an immediate need for an A350-sized plane.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28520 posts, RR: 84 Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4661 times:
Quoting Mk777 (Reply 3): 3 772LR's are already in service!!! The 4th will be delivered soon??? Do you think there are more sitting at PAE???
I drive by PAE at least twice a day, and two of those 77Ls and three of those 77Ws sat there for three or more months once completed, even after they had to be re-painted and have new interiors fitted after the merger with Indian Airlines. They're even worse then EK, who often let their new 777s sit around for weeks before they come get them.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4655 posts, RR: 43 Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3810 times:
AI might order 10 A 380s + 8 options
As the largest passenger aircraft, Airbus A380, landed at the Changi International Airport today, its manufacturer Airbus was confident of getting more orders for the aircraft from airlines in India.
According to Airbus, Indiaï¿½s national carrier, Air India, is considering buying ten Airbus A380s and another eight to ten as options. So far, Kingfisher Airlines has been the only Indian customer for Airbus A380, placing orders for five such aircraft.
John Leahy, chief operating officer (customers), Airbus, says, ï¿½We are currently in discussions with Air India and in the process of conducting route tests for the airline. We expect the orders to finalise in about six months.ï¿½
The aircraft manufacturer puts the list price of an Airbus A380 at $319 million a piece, placing the whole deal just under $3.2 billion at current prices.
The first Airbus A380 made its way to Singaporeï¿½s Changi Airport today after an 18-month delay. But despite the delay, the Toulouse-based manufacturer is very confident that the aircraft will find buyers in the coming few months.
ï¿½Global air traffic is expected to triple in the next 20 years. With a major portion of that growth coming from India, it makes sense for national carriers such as Air India to purchase such long-haul aircraft. If Kingfisher and Air India get it, I donï¿½t see why Jet Airways wouldnï¿½t want one,ï¿½ says Leahy.
Air Indiaï¿½s current fleet consists of a large number of Boeing aircraft, including the ageing Boeing 747-200s and 747-400s that the A380 might replace.
On being asked whether the predominantly Boeing fleet would act as a hindrance for the order, he said, ï¿½If the airline wants to be competitive and wishes to move into the twenty-first century, it must move with us.ï¿½
Leahy also feels that Air India could fly the aircraft to high-growth hubs such as London and New York.
According to Boeingï¿½s Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president (sales) and president (aircraft trading), passenger volumes on the India-US sector alone are expected to double in the next two years.
Air India and Air India Express have placed orders for 68 short-, medium- and long-haul aircraft with Boeing in 2005, valued at over $11 billion.
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6991 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
Quoting Ba777-236 (Reply 8): Any chance we'll see the 748I? Somehow I feel the A380 being too big for AI.
I hope we will see both The Indian market is growing and AI has enough routes to fill VLAs (India-UK, India-USA, India-Australia, India-Dubai).
Any ideas what "dozends" of aircraft AI will buy or is evaluating ? A380 and 747-8I are definitely an option. A330s seems likely for domestic routes and routes within Asia. How about 787-3s and A350s, too ?
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28520 posts, RR: 84 Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3426 times:
Quoting Columba (Reply 12): Any ideas what "dozens" of aircraft AI will buy or is evaluating
I expect the A380 will be chosen to replace the 747-400 fleet, and additional 77Ws to replace the 747-200 fleet. I also expect them to likely add some more 787-8s and -9s to the mix to launch new services. The least likely would be 787-3s for domestic use.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 28520 posts, RR: 84 Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2827 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 19): AI & the A380 would work only after the Airports are upgraded to handle the Aircraft both Commercial & Maintenance wise.
Well it is very likely EK is going to send their "high-density" A380s to India (and Pakistan) because of the "guest worker" trade, so I expect even if Indian airports are not optimized for A380 operations, as long as they can accept it, that will be enough for AI as it seems to be for IT.
Mk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1192 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2529 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 21): Thats exactly the problem.Infrastructure needs to keep pace
Quoting Stitch (Reply 22): Well if EK, LH, IT, AI and BA all want to send A380s to India, then it stands to reason the Indian government well be compelled to update the infrastructure to accommodate them...
There will be a new terminal in 2010 atleast at DEL, which will be capable to handle the A380, HYD and BLR will have a new terminal in 2008, i am sure it is A380 friendly. I am not sure when BOM will get its new terminal!!!