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Airbus Looks Set to Win A350 Deal From Tata-Owned Air India

  • Pilots polled on whether they want to be trained on widebody
  • Air India owners in talks with Airbus, Boeing for large order
An Airbus A350 aircraft at the Wings India 2022 Air Show in Hyderabad, India.

An Airbus A350 aircraft at the Wings India 2022 Air Show in Hyderabad, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
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Air India Ltd. is polling pilots on whether they want to be trained to fly Airbus SE A350 jets, indicating that it intends to operate the model as it looks to renew its widebody fleet under new owner Tata Group.

The airline may introduce the A350 by the first quarter of 2023, according to a letter sent to senior cockpit crew and seen by Bloomberg News. Pilots must respond to the offer by June 20, and those who accept will be ineligible for training on another aircraft type for two years, the letter said.