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Air India Makes Aviation History with Landmark Order of 470 Aircraft from Airbus and Boeing

Air India Soars to New Heights with Massive Aircraft Purchase

21 June 2023

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Tata Group-owned Air India has signed purchase agreements with Airbus and Boeing for a total of 470 aircraft, marking one of the largest orders in civil aviation history.

  • The order includes 250 Airbus aircraft and 220 new Boeing jets, valued at $70 billion, as part of Air India's fleet renewal and expansion program.

  • The deal follows a historic order by IndiGo for 500 aircraft from Airbus, further emphasizing India's prominence in the global aerospace market.

In a significant move that positions Air India for long-term growth and success, the Tata Group-owned airline has signed purchase agreements with Airbus and Boeing to buy a total of 470 aircraft. The deal, announced at the ongoing Paris Air Show, marks one of the largest aircraft orders in civil aviation history. With this landmark step, Air India aims to represent the best of modern aviation to the world.


Expanding the Fleet:


Air India has ordered 250 Airbus aircraft and 220 new Boeing jets, with a combined worth of $70 billion at list prices. The order includes a variety of aircraft models, from widebody planes to narrowbody jets. The company's fleet renewal and expansion program aims to operate the most advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft across its global route network within the next five years.


Surpassing Records:


The significance of Air India's deal is further highlighted by the fact that it comes just a day after Indian airline IndiGo made history by ordering 500 aircraft from Airbus. Initially announced in February 2023, Air India's order had already been the largest ever placed by the number of aircraft. However, IndiGo's order raised the stakes even higher.


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The Aircraft Breakdown:


Air India's firm orders include 70 widebody planes, consisting of Airbus A350-1000s, Airbus A350-900s, Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and Boeing 777Xs. Additionally, the airline has ordered 140 Airbus A320neo, 70 Airbus A321neo, and 190 Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody aircraft. The company has also secured options to purchase an additional 70 planes from Boeing, including 50 737 MAXs and 20 787 Dreamliners.


A Game-Changing Order:


The deal not only solidifies Air India's position but also puts India in the spotlight at the Paris Air Show for the second consecutive day. By finalizing the agreement, Air India's order joins the aerospace industry's order backlogs as firm orders, marking a significant milestone for the company. However, experts caution against over-ordering, especially considering the challenges faced by manufacturers due to supply chain disruptions.


Looking Ahead:


With this historic order, Air India is set to receive deliveries of the first A350 aircraft later this year, while also expanding its fleet and network through the introduction of Airbus A320s and Boeing 777s. Campbell Wilson, CEO, and Managing Director of Air India, expressed pride in the ambitious fleet renewal and expansion program, which aims to rebuild a global airline that reflects India's confident posture in the world.


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