Air India to buy A380
Air India sets it eyes on Airbus A380 to meet demand in 2012
Company is in talks with Airbus to order eight super-jumbos to deal with growth and entry into Star Alliance
Air India Ltd, the country’s state-owned carrier that is merging with its affiliate Indian Airlines Ltd, could be the second airline in India to fly the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus SAS’ A380, five years from now.
Air India is considering ordering eight of the super-jumbos, which would cost around $320 million or Rs1,293 crore each at list prices, and can fly more than 850 passengers in an all-economy seat configuration on long-haul routes such as Mumbai-London.