Air India has reportedly signed agreements for just under 500 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, in what would be the largest purchase of commercial passenger aircraft in history.
Reuters cites industry sources in a report stating that the airline has agreed to purchase 250 Airbus planes, split between 210 single-aisle A320neos and 40 widebody A350s, and 220 Boeing aircraft including 190 of its B737 Max narrowbody jets, 20 B787 widebodies and ten B777Xs.
Air India was purchased by Tata Group in early 2022, and late last year Tata and Singapore Airlines announced plans to merge Air India with Vistara (the latter being a joint venture between the two groups).
Reuter reports that the order could be formally announced this week, noting that in a memo to employees on January 27 the airline said it was “finalising a historic order for new aircraft”.
Since Tata Group’s takeover of the airline, Air India has been gradually increasing its fleet, with recent plans to lease B777 and A320 neo aircraft – but this latest order would be a massive step up for the carrier, which currently operates around 100 aircraft.
Last month Air India announced plans to move four existing UK routes from Heathrow to Gatwick airport at the end of March, allowing it to add additional frequencies to its flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Heathrow this summer.
Flight from Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Kochi to Gatwick will all operate thrice-weekly, served by Air India’s B787-8 aircraft.
Air India to fly to Gatwick from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa and Kochi