Yesterday, we wrote about the impending wrap-up of the 747 aircraft from the Air India fleet. There are many reasons to believe this is possible: the Covid-19 pandemic, the closure of the Boeing 747 line at Boeing itself, and the quarter-century age of the Boeing 747s of Air India.
Air India only has four Boeing 747-400 aircraft in its fleet. VT-ESP has not operated a flight in over a year as of March 9, 2021. VT-ESO operated a flight on September 17, 2020. VT-EVB has not performed a flight in a long time as well. VT-EVA, which was operating Delhi – Kolkata round trips all of February 2021, is now in Delhi.
Our story about the 747 was picked up by the Times of India, who confirmed it with their sources inside the airline, to be told that the Board of Air India could decide soon, as soon as their next meeting.
Somewhere, on the interwebs, Air India read that an upcoming flight of this aircraft type is the final flight for the AI 744s and issued a denial on their Twitter account.
#FlyAI : It has been reported in a section of media that Air India is set to retire its Boeing 747 aircraft from its fleet & will be operating its last flight tomorrow.
The news is false and B747 will continue to remain an integral part of our fleet.
— Air India (@airindiain) March 9, 2021
I can understand the airline wanting to make this declaration on their terms, and the last flight of this plane continues to be still unannounced. However, they are down to 5 pilots who can pilot the aircraft, with others being moved to other widebody fleets. There was a rumour about a Jeddah flight being conducted by this aircraft, but at this moment, there is only one scheduled flight of this aircraft, and it is not to Jeddah.
It remains to be seen if Air India will hold on to the 747s any longer, or will they finally be retiring in the coming days. What do you think?
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