Air India gets India’s first A350-900 wide body aircraft; check images & other details – Times of India

Air India Airbus A350-900 arrives in Delhi: Air India’s first wide-body Airbus A350-900 aircraft arrived in Delhi on Saturday. The first of 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft for India is registered as VT-JRA and is a significant step in the airline’s fleet expansion plans.
The aircraft arrived in Delhi at 13:46 hrs (local time) today, completing its journey from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. Operating under the call sign AI350, representatives of Air India welcomed the delivery flight. Air India’s senior commander on the team, Captain Monica Batra Vaidya, one of the first Indian pilots trained on the A350, participated in the flight as an observer.
According to Campbell Wilson, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Air India, “The A350 promises a world-class long-haul experience on non-stop routes.”
Airbus A350 Business Class

Airbus A350 Business Class

Air India’s Airbus A350-900 will begin commercial operations in January 2024. Initially, it will serve locally to train crews before embarking on international flights spanning different continents.
The A350-900 features a three-class cabin configuration with a total of 316 seats. According to Air India, these include 28 business class suites with full-flat beds, 24 premium economy seats with extra legroom and exclusive features, and 264 economy class seats. All seats are equipped with in-flight entertainment systems and HD screens.
Airbus A350 Premium Economy

Airbus A350 Premium Economy

The A350-900 also showcases the airline’s new livery and interior. The airline expects to acquire five more aircraft by March 2024.
According to Wilson, Air India has now become the first Indian carrier to have this type of aircraft. He also said there are still several post-arrival regulatory processes that need to be completed before the aircraft can carry passengers. These include customs clearance, various DGCA checks on equipment, and a series of ground tests and flights to demonstrate the procedure in action.
Airbus A350 Economy

Airbus A350 Economy

The Tata Group-owned full-service carrier has already received regulatory approval for engineering line maintenance of the A350 aircraft. This is a significant achievement as it ensures the operation and maintenance of all six A350 aircraft that will be added to the fleet.
Air India has recently unveiled its new uniforms for its cabin and cockpit crew.
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