Comment Synopsis Air India has got the go-ahead from European aircraft maker Airbus to use three of its ageing As for a longer duration.
The move, which is subjected to DGCA approval, would allow Air India to fly these planes by another one-and half year than mandated operational life, aviation ministry sources said. After aircraft stress and structural analysis, Airbus approved aircraft's operational life beyond the scheduled period," a source said.
The government-owned airline, however, can fly these planes beyond their operational life once the DGCA approves the same, they said.
The current operational life of an Airbus A stands at 48, flight cycles and 60, flight hours. Of the 20 As in Air India's fleet of planes, six are 26 years old, while seven planes are in service since 21 years.
Besides, seven of these planes were manufactured in while one A belongs toaccording to the DGCA website. Air India is already in the process of replacing about a third of its narrow-body A planes which are more than 20 years old with new fuel efficient planes.
As part of the plan, the airline has already inducted three sharklets-equipped A ceo current engine option aircraft in the fleet, of the five such planes, for which it has tied up with the Chinese lessor China Aircraft Leasing Company. The rest two planes are expected to be delivered by October.
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