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Tata Air India is Renting More Planes to Grow Its Market Share and Grow Its Network: CEO


Air India, which is owned by the Tata Group, is almost done signing lease agreements for more planes. This is part of its plan to grow its market share and network.

Campbell Wilson, the airline’s chief executive officer (CEO), said on Saturday that in addition to fixing planes that had been grounded for a long time, leases have been finalized for 30 more planes that will be delivered over the next 12 months, starting next week. More leases are in the final stages of negotiation, he said.

The airline has 113 planes, both narrow-body and wide-body Airbus and Boeing planes, at the moment. Wilson is in charge of a five-year plan to turn Air India into a world-class airline. This includes short-term steps like fixing up planes that have been grounded, making the insides of the cabins better, and investing in new planes and technology solutions.

“We are having in-depth talks with Boeing, Airbus, and engine makers about a historic order of the newest planes, which will help Air India grow in the medium and long term. We also have short-term and medium-term plans for the product.

In the short term, carpets, curtains, seat cushions, and covers have all been replaced. To fix broken seats and entertainment systems on flights as quickly as possible, “At the JRD Tata Memorial Trust event, Wilson said.

The airline has changed its menu on domestic flights, and it will do the same thing on international flights. As soon as the Boeing 777-200 LR planes start flying for Air India next month, premium economy service will begin.

Delta Airlines used to fly these planes. They will now be used to start new services to the US.

“We have grown both at home and abroad, with more flights to Vancouver, Sydney, and Melbourne, for example. We now have direct flights from seven Indian cities to London. Starting in a few weeks, there will be new nonstop flights from Mumbai to San Francisco, New York, and Newark “he said.

The CEO said that Air India is bringing in the best people and making deals with vendors.

“Partners can see what the new Air India can do. They can see that we don’t want to be better, we want to be the best “he said. Wilson also talked about the glory days of Air India, when it was known for its great service and how it helped build other airlines around the world.

“I know this to be true because my first boss in New Zealand, where I started my career in aviation, had also started with Air India. Air India helped train the cabin crew of Singapore Airlines, which I worked for for 26 years. Today, Singapore Airlines is known for its great service in the air “he remarked.

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