Air India expects 17 grounded aircraft to get back into operations


State-run Air India is likely to get back into operations all its 17 grounded aircraft, including the wide body ones, by September this year with two of them are expected to join the operating fleet as soon as June, a senior Air India official said.

These planes are grounded since a long time now due to the non-availability of engine spares and also some “dispute” with the engine maker, the official said. Of these 17 planes, 12 are Airbus family aircraft, three Boeing 777s and remaining two B787s.

“In our jet shops, we are awaiting for spares, which are pending due to some pending issue, which we have to resolve. We are trying to make them airworthy by August-September. But we are trying to make all these planes airworthy by August-September,” the official said. Read More

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