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Battle for skies: Tatas kick-start Air India fleet expansion via leasing

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The Tata Group on October 8 last year won the bid for Air India at Rs 18,000 crore

Deepak PatelAneesh Phadnis New Delhi
In its first move to significantly expand the fleet after the Tatas took over, Air India has leased 25 Airbus narrow-body aircraft and five Boeing wide-body planes. These will enter service starting December, the company said on Monday. A wide-body plane has a bigger fuel tank, allowing it to travel longer distances such as India-US routes.

“The aircraft being leased include 21 Airbus A320neos, four Airbus A321neos and five Boeing B777-200LRs,” Air India said. The lessors will deliver the planes by 2023-end, helping the airline increase its fleet size to 143 aircraft.

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First Published: Sep 12 2022 | 1:47 PM IST

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