I honestly hope Air India can turn around and become a better airline over time. With better management, things could be much different. With no 777X the A350 seems like a natural replacement for it's long haul fleet.
Not relating to this, I have a question about Air India in general. They fly many point to point routes from India to Europe from secondary cities outside of its main hub from DEL. For example, ATQ has service to BHX and LHR. As well, LHR is also served from AMD, GOI, HYD, COK, and BOM.
I am wondering, will the future Air India focus on only DEL as a hub and end the point to point european non-hub routes? Or will secondary cities in India still have long haul routes? Just wondering what Tata is planning to make Air India profitable again.
That depends on how Tata's plan to align AI and Vistara.
The latter too has their hub in DEL and has connections to EU and has plans for North America. So the two sister airlines would end up competing each other.
Ideally AI should focus outside of DEL too, from other metro and tier 2 cities, making good use of their 788 fleet which can serve this purpose.
With Tata House (Bombay House) based in Mumbai, housing all the Tata companies head offices in the financial capital, I won't be surprised if AI makes BOM the hub again, alongside DEL.