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Challenges abound as Tata draws up flight plan for Air India

From the Times of India:


Tata Group and Air India are reunited again

Tata Group has become the winning bidder for Air India. The airline was originally founded by the group as Tata Airways until 1953 when it was renamed.

Tata and Air India are being reunited after almost 70 years.

The group bid $2.4 billion for the flag carrier along with its Air India Express subsidiary. The Indian Government will turn over the assets of both airlines once the deal is finalized.

Once completed, Air India and Air India Express will operate under an investment group, formally named Talace Pvt Ltd, which is also the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tata Sons Group.

The group currently has two Indian joint ventures with Singapore Airlines and AirAsia as Vistara Air and AirAsia India. The future of these two carriers is uncertain with this purchase.

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Will Air India be sold to the original owners, Tata Brothers?

Air India Boeing 777-337 ER VT-ALN (msn 36312) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955332.

The winning party for Air India remains murky at best.

Bloomberg earlier reported a panel of Indian Government ministers had selected the bid of the Tata Brothers for control of the Air India assets. Tata was the original owner of Air India when it started operations as Tata Airlines.

However Reuters issued this report:

“India’s finance ministry said on Friday reports suggesting the government has picked a winning bid for the debt-laden state-run airline Air India were incorrect.

Earlier on Friday, Bloomberg¬†reported that a panel of ministers accepted a proposal from officials recommending salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Sons ahead of an offer from Ajay Singh, promoter of India’s airline operator Spicejet Ltd.

“Media reports indicating approval of financial bids by Government of India in the AI disinvestment case are incorrect,” the ministry said in a tweet. “Media will be informed of the Government decision as and when it is taken.”

Air India has not commented.

Top Copyright Photo: Air India Boeing 777-337 ER VT-ALN (msn 36312) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955332.

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Historic Photo: Air India Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALA (msn 36300) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 954663.

Rare photo of first 2007 AI livery - never adopted, changed before delivery

Copyright Photo: Rare photo of first 2007 AI livery – never adopted, changed before delivery: Air India Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALA (msn 36300) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 954663.

Air India bucks the trend, will retain its Boeing 747-400s for now


Air India is not following the lead of other airlines regarding the future of the Boeing 747-400.

Although parked for the most of the time, Air India has four Boeing 747-400s (VT-ESO, VT-ESP, VT-EVA and VT-ESB) still remaining in its fleet.

According to BusinessToday.In and the Minister of Civil Aviation of India, Air India has no plans for the final phase out of its remaining Boeing 747-400s.

The average age is 26 years. Three of the four are currently undergoing maintenance according to the Minister.

Top Copyright Photo: Air India Boeing 747-4H6 VT-AIS (msn 25703) FRA (Ton Jochems). Image: 954587.

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Air India will continue to operate its Boeing 747-400s (for now)

1 still flying (VT-EVA) in June 2020

Air India has gone to social media to correct reports it was planning to operate the last Boeing 747 revenue flight today (March 10):

The airline has four remaining Boeing 747-400s but most are parked. When operated, the Jumbo is mainly operated on domestic high-density trunk routes.

Top Copyright Photo: Air India Boeing 747-437 VT-ESN (msn 27164) LHR (SPA). Image: 936945.

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Air India resumes flights to Moscow

Air India resumed regular flights to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on February 27 on the Delhi – Moscow – Delhi route.

Flights to Moscow (AI 155) will operate on Saturdays, with arrival at 22:35 Moscow time. The Moscow-Delhi flight (AI 156) will operate on Sundays, departing at 18:50 Moscow time.

Air India will serve the route on Airbus A320neo aircraft, and service will be from Terminal D.

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Air India Airbus A321 strikes a vehicle on takeoff at Pune, India

From the Times of India:

“The incident happened on Saturday morning when the A321 (VT–PPU) was operating as AI 852 from Pune to Delhi. ‚ÄúDuring the take-off roll, while a speed of 120 knots (about 222 kmph), the crew saw a jeep and a person on the runway. To avoid conflict, they did an early rotation. The A321 had a tail scrape during taking off from Pune. It has safely landed at Delhi.”

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