I just read an exciting article at www.airwise.com regarding the fleet expansion of Air India, I won't get into the details of it b/c it is mentioned in the article below. I wonder what effect the upcoming disinvestment of Air India will have on the aircraft choice.
Air India Looks To Expand
Jan 3, 2001
Air India plans to double its fleet size over a five to seven year period, Reuters reports.
"We require the additions in small capacity long range and in small capacity short range (SCSR) categories," the airline's managing director MP Mascarenhas told Reuters in an interview.
"In the SCLR category there are two candidates, the Airbus Industries' A330-200 or A330-300 and the Boeing 767-300 or 767-400," he said.
Mr Mascarenhas said Air India was looking to phase out the A310 and needed aircraft that could fly non-stop from Bombay to Europe.
"We need SCSR aircraft for the feeder routes inside the country as more and more traffic is being generated from behind the gateways of Bombay and Delhi," he said.
"We will look at the A320 and the Boeing 737 (400 to 900)."
The airline, which has cut its network by 40 per cent in the last five years due to the small size of its fleet, is adding three more A310s by April. They are on a three-year dry lease from Singapore Airlines and General Electric Capital Aviation Services. Air India leased one A310 from Singapore Airlines in mid-December.
Air India also wants to lease up to three Boeing 747-300 "combi" aircraft, which can hold freight on the main deck, but is still awaiting responses to its tender in a tight market for the aircraft, Mr Mascarenhas said.