"Last October, Air India sold five of its eight Boeing 777-200 aircraft to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. "
New Delhi, April 24 - In a bid to generate extra revenue, the cash-strapped national carrier Air India Thursday sought to lease 14 old Airbus A320 aircraft.

The company issued a tender for dry-lease bid for the A320 aircraft for a maximum six years. The company has invited bids by May 29.

The company will also invite dry-lease bid for new aircraft. The new bid number should also be around 14 A320 aircraft, a senior official with the state-run carrier told IANS.

Air India additionally will shortly invite tender for dry lease of up to 14 new A320 aircraft with sharklets. Air India will require a total number of 14 A320 Aircraft on dry lease -, the current tender document said.

Air India was one of the launch operators of A320 aircraft and purchased 31 aircraft during 1989-1993. Again, during 2006-2010, AI purchased 43 A320 family aircraft.

Last October, Air India sold five of its eight Boeing 777-200 aircraft to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

The airline is said to be planning to sell the remaining three fuel-guzzling Boeing 777-200 aircraft soon.


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