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NEW DELHI: Air India is planning to reinstate 100 per cent of its ‘long-grounded’ fleet since the takeover by the Tata Group two years ago.
According to a report in the Financial Express (FE), over 95 per cent of the long-grounded fleet, which included Boeing 787s, 777s, and narrow-body Airbus A320 type aircraft, has been made airworthy.
An official said, “Many of these aircraft were grounded due to lack of components and engine shortages. Now that we are witnessing an improvement in the supply chain, the remaining two will also be made airworthy soon.”
During the takeover by the Tatas, Air India had over 30 long-grounded aircraft in its fleet. Apart from components, even the cabin interiors had to be given a makeover, according to an report in the Financial Express
The official said, “Thousands of seats in all these aircraft were fixed, and the inflight entertainment systems restored in as many old aircraft as possible. In some cases, over 30,000 spares per aircraft were required. The entire cabin space was also spruced up.”