India’s national carrier Air India has deployed its newly inducted B777 aircraft to all three US destinations it serves non-stop from Mumbai to New York JFK, Newark Liberty Airport (New Jersey), and San Francisco.
This ensures that, for the first time, all North American cities served by Air India from Mumbai have been upgraded to aircraft with modern-generation seats and inflight entertainment systems in all classes, according to the airline.
The B777-200LR aircraft serving San Francisco and New York-JFK has 28 Business, 48 Premium Economy and 212 Economy Class seats, while the B777-300ER serving Newark-Liberty and London offers eight First Class, 40 Business and 280 Economy Class seats.
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The Boeing 777-300ER is a long-range wide-body aircraft that is capable of flying non-stop from India to the US.
“We are delighted to now offer an elevated experience on all routes from Mumbai to the United States, and to upgrade one of our London services,” said Campbell Wilson, Air India MD and CEO.
“This is part of the ongoing product transformation underway at Air India, with 7 new B777s inducted over the last year to be followed by 4 more, along with 6 new Airbus A350s, over the coming months.
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“All of these aircraft feature much-improved interiors and pave the way for the full interior upgrade of our entire widebody fleet commencing in the middle of 2024,” Wilson said.
Air India recently added seven Boeing 777s to its fleet and four more aircraft are expected to join the fleet in the coming months.
As part of an aggressive fleet expansion plan, Air India besides placing a large order of both narrowbody and widebody aircraft, is also inducting new planes on lease as well as fixing a grounded fleet for immediate capacity enhancement.
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The airline has now received five Boeing 777-200LRs previously belonging to Delta Air Lines, as well as two Boeing 777-300ERs that once flew for Etihad Airways.
The plan is to get 14 leased Boeing 777-300ERs by March 2024 to double down on its long-haul network. Three of these 777s will also come from Singapore Airlines, according to Wilson.