DGCA News: DGCA allows Air India and Indigo to import 970 aircraft, delivery to be between 2023 and 2035

DGCA News: DGCA allows Air India and Indigo to import 970 aircraft, delivery to be between 2023 and 2035

DGCA Approval To Air India & Indigo: Aviation sector regulator DGCA has given in-principle approval to Air India and Indigo to import aircraft. Air India has plans to import 470 and Indigo 500 aircraft. Minister of State for Civil India VK Singh has given this information in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. 

In response to a question asked during the Question Hour, VK Singh said that the DGCA has given permission to import 470 and 500 aircraft to InterGlobe Aviation Limited, which operates aircraft under the name Air India and Indigo of the Tata Group. He said that the purchase price of the aircraft, commercial agreement between the airlines and the OEMs  (OEMs) is not available. 

He told that when the NOC will be given regarding the import of the aircraft, the availability of parking slots of the aircraft will be ensured at that time. VK Singh said that the import of these aircraft is proposed between 2023 and 2035. Also, both the airlines have been asked by the DGCA to share the induction plan with the airport operator so that parking slots can be made available. 

Air India is going to buy 250 aircraft from Airbus and 220 aircraft from Boeing. Air India has obtained permission from DGCA to buy 210  A320neo and 40 A350 Family aircraft from Airbus. Apart from this, the airlines have obtained permission from the regulator to import 140 B737 family, 10 B777-9, 50 B737-8, 10 B777-9 aircraft.  Indigo has received DGCA approval to import 500 A320 Neo family aircraft. 

Indigo has placed an order for 500 new Airbus A320 aircraft. Indigo is the first airline in the world to deal with Airbus to buy such a large number of aircraft at once. Tata Group-owned Air India had earlier announced deals with Airbus and Boeing to buy 470 new aircraft. 

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