A350 is centerpiece of Air India's long-haul strategy: Airbus India chief

Remi Maillard says first A350 will be delivered before end of this year; it only takes 11 days to qualify an A320 plane pilot into an A350 pilot

Airbus India chief Rémi Maillard

Airbus India chief Rémi Maillard

Deepak PatelAneesh Phadnis New Delhi
The A350 wide-body plane is the centrepiece of Air India’s strategy for long-haul flights and its delivery will begin this year, Rémi Maillard, president and managing director of Airbus India and South Asia, said on Tuesday.

Air India has placed an estimated $70-billion order with Airbus for 250 planes— 210 A320neo family aircraft (which includes 140 A320neo planes and 70 A321neo planes) and 40 A350 aircraft (which includes 34 A350-1000 aircraft and six A350-900 aircraft).

“It is interesting that Air India has chosen A350 in the 1000 configuration, which is the longer range one, and that makes A350 arguably the centrepiece of the Air India long-haul strategy,” Maillard told Business Standard in an interview.

First Published: Feb 14 2023 | 9:43 PM IST

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