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Airline Fleet & Network Infomation:Air India

Mon Jul 10, 2000 5:33 pm

Air-India is India's Falg-Carrier, and handles all long-haul international traffic. It is state-owned, but the govt. is planning to privatise it.

The ageing 747-200's are being gradually replaced by 747-400's, while the A300B4's, are being replaced with smaller A310's.

AI may go in for A340's or B777s as part of an MCLR (Medium Capacity Long Range) aircraft requirement.

Current Fleet Strength
BOEING 747-400 (6)
BOEING 747-200 (7)
BOEING 747-300 COMBI (2)
AIRBUS 310-300 (8)
AIRBUS 300-B4 (3)

India: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mumbai(Bombay), Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum), Kochi(Cochin);

UK: London Heathrow;
Europe: Paris and Moscow;
Asia Pacific: Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok, Hong Kong, KualaLumpur, Singapore and Jakarta;
Gulf & Middle East: Doha, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Jeddah,Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh, Dhahran and Dubai;
USA & Canada: New York and Chicago;
Africa: Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.

(In addition AI has Code-share flights to over 30 countries.)
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RE: Airline Fleet & Network Infomation:Air India

Mon Jul 10, 2000 7:24 pm

As far as AI's short-term plans go, they will be leasing 6 A310s, 2 747-300s and 1 747-400 to increase capacity to Chicago and Japan. The A310s will probably be used to increase Singapore as well as to possibly operate some of the routes being operated by the IC codeshare right now.

Long term - the A340 is not likely at all. The most likely candidate is the 777-200 and my sources within AI tell me that an announcement to that effect may come as soon as Farnborough in a couple weeks.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada
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RE: Airline Fleet & Network Infomation:Air India

Mon Jul 10, 2000 11:48 pm

Well, my sources tell me that the A340 may actually be ahead in the race, both technically and politically.

Technically: It may take AI years to acquire ETOPS cert. and the 777's fail on THAT count, and hence the A340's may be the preferred choice.

Politically too, after the nuclear tests by india, and US sanctions, AI may mostly go for the European Airbus models rather than Boeings.

Also both Air India and Indian Airlines have been very loyal Airbus customers. IC operates over 30 A320s and 11 A300s, while AI operates over 12 Airbuses already!

And IC is seriously considering the A330 as a A300 replacement

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