Air India starts work on Chandra’s to-do list: New planes

Planemakers Boeing Co. and Airbus SE are in talks with the new owners of Air India Ltd, Tata Group, about an order for a raft of new planes, part of a plan to rejuvenate the ailing carrier and its aging fleet, suggests reports.

Air India was handed back to its founders, the Tata group, in January, almost seven decades after it was nationalized, capping years of struggle by the government to sell the struggling airline.

Tata Sons Pvt has begun talks with the planemakers and lessors for jets including Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, reported Bloomberg. The talks are at a preliminary stage, with Tata Sons assessing the right fleet mix and no decisions taken yet on aircraft type or order size, the report added. 

The carrier is in discussions for new Airbus or Boeing narrow-body jets that form the mainstay of Air India’s domestic and short-haul operations, as well as wide-body aircraft capable of flying…

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