Air India to add 35 new planes to its fleet in 2017

Air India is planning to add 35 new planes in 2017 as the airline prepares for ‘consolidation and expansion’ by flying to more number of international as well as domestic routes, informed  Ashwani Lohani, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), Air India.

Lohani, emphasising that the ‘battle has just begun’ in terms of revival, said Air India needs to be competitive in fares with attractive schemes.

“I expect almost 35 new planes to join the Air India family during 2017 and all of us need to be in full readiness to receive them, fill them and fly them,” said the Air India CMD in a New Year message to the employees.

The group, with the addition of the new aircraft, would have a fleet of more than 170 planes. Presently its has around 140 aircraft.

While Air India has 106 planes, its low-cost international arm Air India Express has 23 aircraft. In addition, there are around 10 planes with Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the national carrier that operates on regional routes.

“2017 is going to be a year of consolidation and expansion. We are going to fly to many new international destinations and also connect new domestic destinations as part of the regional connectivity thrust of the government,” Lohani said, adding that ‘Fill more and Fly more’ is the motto.