Ministry Mulling New Aircraft To Replace Ageing Alliance Air Fleet

New Delhi, Nov 10: | Updated: Nov 11 2003, 05:30am hrs
Civil aviation ministry is considering a proposal to induct new aircraft on lease basis to replace ageing fleet of Indian Airlines (IA) subsidiary Alliance Air (AA).

A proposal for Alliance Air to replace its ageing fleet through the leasing route is under consideration of the government, civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters on the sidelines of an open house session with all agencies related to the aviation sector at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Monday.

Answering a question on productivity-linked incentive (PLI) asked by an IA employee, Mr Rudy said: The government is considering to give PLI to employees of IA, but the airline board would take a final decision.

Refusing to elaborate further on the scheme, he said, the employees will have to work more to earn more. IA employees have been demanding PLI for all sections of employees.

Elaborating on AAs fleet restructuring Mr Rudy said, AA may finally get to lease some new generation Airbus 318 and 319 aircraft to replace the two-decade-old Boeing 737s.

IA has already planned to buy more than 40 aircraft of Airbus family which include 318, 319, 320 and 321 type of aircraft. The smaller planes, 100 seater A318 and A319s offering 120-125 seats, are proposed for IAs subsidiary, AA.

Alliance Air currently operates a fleet of 11 Boeing 737-200s and has 85 pilots and 200 cabin crew. The airline also flies four ATR-320 planes with around 22 pilots. The Boeings link up secondary metros across the country while the ATRs connect key northeastern destinations.

The minister assured the Airport Authority of India (AAI) staff protesting against the proposed privatisation of Mumbai and Delhi airports that the government will give more number of airports to AAI to manage in lieu of these two airports.

We are planning to operationalise various airports (currently not functioning) under AAI, he said.