Air India is planning to add more turboprop aircraft to serve more remote and regional destinations across India.
The Economic Times reports that Alliance Air, the regional arm of Air India, is planning to lease 10 more ATR aircraft to expand its operations under the Indian government’s regional connectivity scheme. It currently operates a fleet of 10 ATRs, so the new deal would double its fleet of turboprop aircraft.
The business newspaper cited an anonymous source, said to be “close to the development”, as revealing that the deal is in its final stages.
“The negotiations with the lessors for leasing of 72-seater 10 ATR planes are at final stages and we expect to sign a deal soon,” the source was quoted saying.
Alliance Air, which is 100% owned by Air India, operates flights to a series of second and third tier cities across India from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Bhopal.