Air India to include wide-body aircraft in its fleet
With a view to expand its network, Air India plans to include wide-body aircraft in its fleet. A total of 10 grounded aircraft will be brought back into service by the beginning of 2023. The wide-bodied aircraft is commonly deployed on international routes as its large fuel tank allows it to travel on long-distance international routes such as India-USA and Indo-Canada.
“Air India’s wide-body fleet currently consists of 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. This is a significant improvement over the 28 aircraft that the airline was operating recently,” the airline said. The airline also announced on Sunday that it will operate daily flights between Delhi and Vancouver (Canada) from August 31. At present, it operates the Delhi-Vancouver service thrice per week. In view of the increasing traffic between India and Canada, the frequency on this route has been increased and enabled by the return of wide-body Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft.
The airline said that Boeing is working closely with Air India, following its acquisition by the Tata Group, to restore the airline, which was halted for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons.