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Air India taking delivery of 6 A359 (ex SU)

Old Feb 14, 2023, 9:20 pm
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Air India taking delivery of 6 A359 (ex SU)

So the deal has finally happened and the most interesting bit of news is 6x A359 that were due for Aeroflot will be delivered this year.

Aeroflot's 359 business is similar to the Delta One suite so I wonder if the planes have already been fitted with this product? If yes that's a HUGE upgrade for AI and could well become the carrier of choice for many looking for nonstop US/EU travel.

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Old Feb 14, 2023, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Anish
So the deal has finally happened and the most interesting bit of news is 6x A359 that were due for Aeroflot will be delivered this year.

Aeroflot's 359 business is similar to the Delta One suite so I wonder if the planes have already been fitted with this product? If yes that's a HUGE upgrade for AI and could well become the carrier of choice for many looking for nonstop US/EU travel.
Wow! Impressive that AI is getting these planes. Even more impressive that Aeroflot was ordering these!

Hopefully in the next 2-5 years they will standardize the experience across their entire fleet. They are leaders in the international market out of India and need to fix this, it will help them challenge 6E in the domestic market when the time comes.
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Old Feb 15, 2023, 3:08 am
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Turkish has been taking the ex SU A359 since some time. They are really nice. Collins seats in all cabins (Horizon suite in C; MiQ in PE; Aspire in Y)

https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2020/0...e-on-new-a350/
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Old Feb 15, 2023, 4:06 am
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Stunning hard product across all cabins. Let's hope the AI birds have already been configured
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Old Feb 20, 2023, 4:32 am
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554 is back in the Airbus FAL

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Old Aug 25, 2023, 3:51 am
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It seems AI has setup a separate company to lease the 6 A359: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com...le67216202.ece

The first A359 #554 VT-JRH is getting ready in TLS, already had two test flights this month: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/554

It was already outfitted with the SU interior and painted in Aeroflot livery, but the delivery stopped in March 2022. Now it has become a whitetail and is expected to get the new AI livery in SIN sometime this quarter.

#585 came out of the FAL last week: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/585
#589 in July: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/589
#558 is also ready: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/558
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Old Aug 25, 2023, 5:03 am
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Hopefully these will go into service sooner rather than later.
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Old Aug 31, 2023, 10:59 am
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Here's a review of the TK 359 with the same Aeroflot cabin AI is inheriting
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Old Sep 20, 2023, 9:38 am
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554 had its customer acceptance flight last week: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/554
585 took off for its first flight today: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/585
558 is busy testing: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/558
592 is still parked
589 & 594 got the basic white paint in late August
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What routes will they serve?
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Old Sep 30, 2023, 5:24 am
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The first SU A350 has (almost) joined the AI fleet.

https://indianexpress.com/article/bu...-city-8961221/

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Old Oct 4, 2023, 6:02 am
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Which one? It seems they will get an Austrian tail sign (OE-) which will certainly rile up the Bharat fraction... (remember the rucus about VT-?)

554 (OE-LGB?) is parked since its customer acceptance flight (CAF) on Sep 12: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/554
585 had its 2nd flight last week: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/585
558 had its CAF (3rd flight) yesterday: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/558
592 is still parked
589 & 594 got the basic white paint in late August
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Which one? It seems they will get an Austrian tail sign (OE-) which will certainly rile up the Bharat fraction... (remember the rucus about VT-?)

554 (OE-LGB?) is parked since its customer acceptance flight (CAF) on Sep 12: https://aviation.flights/aib/A350/554
Probably this one? I have no idea. They've kept quiet about the tail sign...
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Old Oct 4, 2023, 11:46 pm
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Why wouldn't they be re-registered with a VT tail sign on arrival in India?
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Old Oct 6, 2023, 12:05 am
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Originally Posted by Anish
Why wouldn't they be re-registered with a VT tail sign on arrival in India?
I think first one is supposed to be VT-JRH
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