At least a dozen Airbus aircraft of the disinvestment-bound Air India are grounded since the past few years for engine replacement, but the airline is unable to perform the task due to shortage of funds.
Airline sources said that with the national carrier almost set to go to private hands, whether these aircraft are put back into operation or not will depend on the outcome of the privatisation process.
Despite repeated attempts, Air India spokesperson did not comment on the matter.
An airline source said, “At least 12 Airbus 320 aircraft continue to remain grounded. The airline needs around ₹11 crore to make them operational, which the management is unlikely to spend considering the ongoing privatisation process.”
“Unless the new bidder comes in, fate of these aircraft will remain undecided,” the source added.
In August 2019, the airline’s narrow-body fleet pilots’ body — Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) — had alleged that 19 planes were on ground for want of spares