AerCap Holdings (AerCap) has completed a mandate for the lease of four new Airbus A321neo aircraft with Air India, the flag carrier of India, following the delivery of the fourth aircraft.
The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, are the first A321neo aircraft to be inducted into the carrier’s fleet.
“It is a very exciting time for Air India as it returns to Tata Group ownership and transitions its fleet to meet the rapidly growing Indian aviation market. AerCap is delighted to play a role in Air India’s fleet transformation by providing its first tranche of NEO-aircraft on operating lease,” said Peter Anderson, Chief Commercial Officer of AerCap. “We wish Air India and the Tata Group every success as they restore Air India to one of the world’s leading airlines.”
Nipun Aggarwal, Chief Commercial & Transformation Officer, Air India, said: “These four new, leased Airbus A321neo aircraft join our fast-growing fleet as part of the sweeping transformation in progress at Air India. We look forward to continuing our very successful partnership with AerCap as we go along in our continuing effort to build Air India as one of the world’s finest airlines.”
Founded by the legendary JRD Tata, Air India pioneered India’s aviation sector. Since its first flight on October 15, 1932, Air India has an extensive domestic network and has spread its wings beyond to become a major international airline with a network across USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Far-East, South-East Asia, Australia, and the Gulf. Air India is a member of Star Alliance, the largest global airline consortium. After 69 years as a government-owned enterprise, Air India and Air India Express were welcomed back into the Tata group in January 2022. The present management at Air India is driving the five-year transformation roadmap under the aegis of Vihaan.AI to establish itself as a world-class global airline with an Indian heart.