Tata Group airlines begin steady upgrade

A new Tata Group Air India Airbus A321neo on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Air India via Twitter

The last few weeks have seen a stream of deliveries for India’s Tata Group airlines. Air India has now taken delivery of 2 brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The full-service carrier Vistara has taken delivery of another Boeing 787–9 Dreamliner.

Vistara also announced the planned commencement of a new service from Mumbai to London Heathrow with its 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft this week, AviationSource writer Gaurav Gowda reports.

Recent fleet acquisitions

Two aircraft registered VT-RTC and VT-RTD became the recent brand-new A321 aircraft delivered to Air India.

This is part of its mega order and further marks the beginning of moves by the airline to reshape its image and flying experience.

This is basically the first brand new aircraft inducted by the airline after its takeover by the Tata Group.

Air India’s Twitter account announced: “All set to welcome the newest entrant to our AI Family – Airbus A321neo (VT-RTD).”

“It’s taken off from Hamburg & we can’t wait to see her land here! This is the 1st A321neo (fitted with CFM LEAP 1A Engines) type of aircraft to be inducted by AI.”

Following that announcement, the airline tweeted this on the arrival of the second aircraft: “And it’s here! Our second addition – VT RTC (Airbus A321neo) landed in Delhi early this morning. We look forward to you experiencing a flight aboard this soon.”


Photo Credits: Air India via Twitter

These aircraft will help the airline turn its image around, as currently many fliers especially on ultra-long-haul flights and long-haul flights have been complaining about the sad and tired state of the aircraft’s interior seats and it’s IFE.

In-flight service changes

In a further bid to turn things around, Air India recently announced its new menu options for all its international flights.

In this new menu it has also introduced plant-based food options for its vegan customers travelling in Business class or first class.

This change of menu has been inspired by the constant, feedback given by its customers and keeping that in mind it’s in-house experts, suppliers and catering patterns have got together to create dishes meeting all the requirements.

“As part of our ongoing effort of transforming the Air India experience for guests, we have brought great thought and energy into our new menus.”

“We want our guests to enjoy their food and beverage on board Air India flights much like they would at their favourite restaurants” said Head of in-flight services at Air India, Mr. Sandeep Verma.

Whereas the airline spokesperson said “The refresh of the menus is based on guest feedback and is designed to offer travellers an assortment of gourmet meals, trendy appetizers, decadent desserts and showcase India’s locally sourced culinary influence while keeping in line with the healthy eating trend.”

“All our underlying focus while designing the new menus has been on ensuring that they include nutritious options that are delicious, and on incorporating contemporary, sustainable practices”.

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