Air India orders 250 Airbus “Made in Hamburg”
The Tata Group-owned Air India has ordered 210 short and medium-haul Airbus aircraft and 40 long-haul aircraft for its fleet most of which will be assembled in Hamburg, a press release said Tuesday (February 14, 2023). Air India's order consists of 140 A320neo aircraft, 70 A321-Neo aircraft, 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 wide-body jets to establish itself on the international market. The first A350-900 jets are due to be delivered in late 2023.
Air India pursuing national and international growth
“Airbus has been a long-standing partner of Air India, and these new aircraft will play an important part in delivering Vihaan.AI, Air India’s comprehensive transformation and growth strategy,” said Campbell Wilson, CEO of Air India. “A core element of this transformation is the significant expansion of our network, both domestically and internationally, coupled with the elevation of our on-ground and onboard product to world-class standards. This order marks the start of a new chapter for both Airbus and Air India.”
Over the next decade, India will have the world's largest population, its economy will expand the fastest among the G20 nations and the burgeoning middle class will spend more on air travel. As a result, passenger traffic is expected to grown rapidly and especially on the long-range markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific that the A350 is well positioned to serve.
Airbus in Hamburg
Germany’s largest Airbus plant employs around 12,500 staff in Hamburg-Finkenwerder where every second A320 aircraft is built and parts of the A350 aircraft are assembled. Airbus also operates training facilities for aircraft maintenance in Hamburg. The company is also involved in research at the Center for Applied Aeronautics Research (ZAL) in Finkenwerder. More than 30 industrial and scientific institutions work there under one roof.