MIAMI – It looks like the rumors are false. On Twitter today, Air India (AI) declared that it is NOT retiring its fleet of Boeing 747s.

A report on says that although the airline will not use the type on international trips, it will still schedule the Boeing 747 on high-demand domestic routes.

Air India is the flag carrier airline of India and it is headquartered at New Delhi. The carrier is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise, and serves 102 domestic and international destinations.

The last time we heard from AI, our women Pilots made history today by flying the carrier’s inaugural flight from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Kempegowda International Airport (BLR).

Air India Fleet and the Queen of the Skies

According to its web page, AI currently has four Boeing 747-400s in its fleet. Two are owned and two are leased. By contrast, it operates 18 Boeing 777s and 27 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

While its wide-body aircraft are all Boeing, it can be noted that AI’s narrow-bodies are all Airbus aircraft. You can find fleet details on the Air India website.

As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on every industry globally and no industry has felt it more than the Aviation sector.

Airline’s globally have been making changes to their fleets as part of restructuring efforts since last year. Most notably, carriers have been phasing out their Boeing 747s worldwide.

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