Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Air India to improve its first class seating, boost freight business

The highly competitive nature of the Indian aviation industry may be forcing airlines to cramp in as many passengers as possible. But now airlines in India are also realising the importance of catering to the segment which wants to fly in comfort and luxury.
The latest to catch on is the national carrier Air India which has now decided to go in for a new model of first class on its new 777 series planes to be deployed for long haul-flights and has also entered into a $50 million pact with Italian seat manufacturer Avio Interior for getting state-of-the- art seats for these aircraft.
The move to select these new seats comes after the carrier asked top honchos of India Inc to give their suggestions on improving the facilities and seating arrangements of first class and business class.
The airline is now planning to have only four first class seats on eight of its 301 seater 777-200 LR and 15 of its 365 seater 777-300 ER aircraft.
13/06/06 Zeeshan Shaikh/Indian Express