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Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:31 am

Air India to dry-lease four 747-400 combi aircrafts and 11 737-800. Link:
http://www.talkingtarmac.com/others/airindia-lease.asp

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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.
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:43 am

Seems they got the years wrong, or this is old news, even if the article bears today´s date. To my knowledge 2005 is over.
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:21 am

Quoting NA (Reply 1):
Seems they got the years wrong, or this is old news, even if the article bears today´s date. To my knowledge 2005 is over.

Thanks for pointing it out. I hope they got the year wrong. Can anyone confirm?
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:25 am

Four 747-400 Combis??

Maybe I'm wrong, but I was thinking that there was only a couple of 744 Combis in the entire world!?!  Confused
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:34 am

Four 747-400 Combis??

Maybe I'm wrong, but I was thinking that there was only a couple of 744 Combis in the entire world!?!


Eva Air is replacing theire 747-400 combi's with 777-300ER's, so i guess these are the planes the suppose to lease.
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:13 am

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.
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:13 am

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.
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:03 pm

Nevermind the dates being off but other than desperation for aircraft, why would they even consider Airbus aircraft at this point?
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:24 pm

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?

Quoting LAXDESI (Thread starter):
Air India had entered the dry lease market earlier this year as wel

This line should be the giveaway of this being a year old article - I've not heard of AI entering the dry lease market "earlier this year"
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:26 am

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.

well they better get em quick i think it was UPS or WO that said they were gonna buy them.
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RE: Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800

Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:27 am

Some of BRs B 744 Combis are being converted into freighters!!!