Airbus is now in the process of committing to the supply of 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 aircraft. The six Aeroflot A350 aircraft are in excellent condition and will be delivered to Air India at a price that has been negotiated. The Airbus manufacturing facility is where the planes are.
Wide and narrow-body aircraft are likely to be introduced into the operations divisions of Air India’s Vihaan 5-year plan for development. The six planes are MSNs 554/558/585/589/592/594. The first #A350 for #AirIndia is scheduled to arrive in 2023, followed by others in close succession.
According to Campbell Wilson, CEO of Air India, the company would continue to use the Aeroflot A350’s current configuration due to supply chain and timing restrictions. The aeroplane’s cabin is decorated in an opulent blue and orange colour scheme. It won’t undergo any alterations, and the external livery for Air India will still be present on the aircraft.
About Aeroflot A350-900
Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier and member of the SkyTeam alliance. Aeroflot’s A350-900 features a distinctive new livery embracing its almost 100-year heritage. Aeroflot has a total of 22 A350-900 aircraft on order and operates an Airbus fleet of 126 aircraft (107 A320 Family and 19 A330 Family aircraft).
Aeroflot’s A350-900 features a brand-new elegant cabin design, offering unrivalled passenger comfort. The aircraft has a spacious three-class cabin layout with 316 seats: 28 private Business Class suites with full-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class with extra legroom and 264 Economy Class. In addition, the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity will ensure an enhanced experience for all passengers on long-haul flights. Aeroflot will operate its A350-900 from Moscow to a number of destinations including London, Dubai, New York, Miami, Osaka and Beijing.
The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments – up to ultra-long haul (9,700 nm). Its Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle aircraft and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight flying experience. The aircraft features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Together, these latest technologies result in 25% lower operating costs, as well as a 25% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared with previous-generation competing aircraft – demonstrating Airbus’ commitment to minimising its environmental footprint while remaining at the cutting edge of air travel.
Air India’s Aircraft orders for Airbus
The Tata Group-owned Air India has announced its commitment to order 250 Airbus aircraft to boost its domestic and international operations. The commitment includes 140 A320neo and 70 A321neo single-aisle aircraft as well as 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 wide-body jets that will mark a new era for the country as the all-new, long-range aircraft celebrates its debut in the Indian market.
The order aims to both modernise and expand the airline’s fleet with the objective of creating a larger and premium full-service carrier that will cater to the growing travel demand in the region. Deliveries are set to commence with the first A350-900 arriving by late-2023.
The A350 is the world’s most modern and efficient wide-body aircraft in the 300-410 seater category. The A350’s clean sheet design includes state-of-the-art technologies and aerodynamics delivering unmatched standards of efficiency and comfort.