Air India, a debt-ridden airline, had to stop the operation of 20 aircraft in its fleet of 127 aircraft. A senior official told that the company has no funds to replace the engine of these aircraft. The company needs at least Rs 1,500 crore for the new engine of these aircraft. There is no possibility of funding from nowhere. In such a situation, there is a doubt on the flight of these planes.
The official said that 16 percent of our total fleet i.e. 20 aircraft have been out of operations for the past few months due to engine related problems. These aircraft have 14 Airbus A320, four B787-800 (Dreamliner) and the remaining two B777. According to the official, the airline has been trying to bring those planes in operation with the new engine from last year, but due to lack of funds, there is less chance of flying them before October. The company has a fleet of 127 aircraft with 45 Boeing aircraft and the remaining narrow body aircraft are Airbus A-320.
Even before, 19 aircraft were out of operation.
In August last year, an airline pilot of the airline, ICPA (Indian Commercial Pilot Association), had alleged that the company’s 19 aircraft were out of operation due to lack of spare parts. This is causing the airline to be damaged. However, the then Chairman Pradeep Singh Kharola had said that these aircraft are not flying in terms of regular maintenance. Kharola is now the aviation secretary. The official also said that the airline is planning to hire Jet Airways’ 200 cabin crew.