Thanks Akumas, just read the article.
Maybe a review should be called for on the order.....
IMO, if IC
is gonna continue to fly International, and they will, their choice of acft should be driven by what their competitors fly. If u look at the sectors IC
flies most of their competitors fly widebodies on these sectors ie
India-Singapore on SQ
India-Malaysia on MH
: 777s and A330s
India-Gulf on EK
/QR/GF/SV : 777s, A330s, 747s and the cccasional 737/A320 (GF and OA
India-Thailand on TG
India-Srilanka on UL
: A330 (ex MAA/DEL)
Bombay-Pakistan on PK
Widebodies would provide not only additional seats but also a similar experience to competition. I would say order a few A330-200s as well......
Also, when u read the article it gives you a good idea of the understanding the guys in the planning commission have of aircraft and what to order to replace what....consider this.....
There are some numerical errors in the appraisal report of the Planning Commission which are now being reconciled, civil aviation ministry sources said. Officials of the Commission were probably not aware of the number of seats lost on account of the A300, A320 and B737. The rough estimate of the replacement need is around 3,560 seats which will need addition of 27 aircraft. The final tally would be approved by the PIB, they added.
Amazing, isn't it....