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Air India to refit fleet as part of rebrand

Flag carrier Air India is to spend $400m on refitting its B777 fleet.

Following the announcement made earlier this week of  the airline’s new livery and logo, it has published a video of what the refurbished B777-300er interior will look like.

The aircraft will be divided into four sections, namely First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. The interiors follow the current trends in aircraft cabin design and feature business class cabins with wireless charging and sliding doors. The airline has not said which suppliers it will be using, though Air India CEO Campbell Wilson told a reporter for the Insider website at the Paris Air Show that while the retrofit will smarten the aircraft up and put Air India ‘squarely in the upper echelon’, it won’t have ‘much of a bespoke feel’ because of time restraints.

Work will start on the refits in Q2 2024 and is expected to take about thirty months to complete.

Even if the interiors might be a little generic, the refresh will undoubtedly be welcomed by passengers, Once a glamorous airline, Air India has become a synonymous with dirty seats and  broken facilities. It had lost domestic market share to various regional low-cost carriers such as SpiceJet, and long-haul flights to Middle East airlines such as Emirates and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

However, the airline was bought back from government ownership by Indian conglomerate the Tata Group in 2022.

Since the acquisition, Tata has replaced the entire board of Air India, plus it has ordered a number of brand-new aircraft including a number of A350s originally destined for Aeroflot.

Economy cabin. Can anyone identify the seat manufacturer?
Business Class cabin
Premium Economy on Air India
Premium Economy on Air India
Business Class will feature doors on cabins
Wireless charging in First Class
Lie-flat bed in First Class
Trim matches airlines new brand and logo colours



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