Czech Airlines, Air India extend Airbus A310 lease agreement

Czech Airlines will extend the lease of an Airbus A310 aircraft, and crew, to Air India for another year. Under the agreement, Czech Airlines will provide Air India with the A310 aircraft and a crew, comprising two pilots and a head cabin attendant, including insurance and technical maintenance.

The Czech crews will continue to be supplemented with local cabin attendants, who have undergone training at Czech Airlines, in line with Czech norms and the knowledge of the particular aircraft.

The aircraft has been in service with Air India since March 2007, operating on the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur routes. From May 2008, it will be re-deployed on flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from  Delhi and Hyderabad in India.

Air India operates a total of 115 aircraft, of which 16 are of the Airbus A310 type. The carrier flies to over 90 domestic and international destinations.

In 2007, Indian Airlines and Air India merged to form one airline operating under the name of Air India. In the same year, the new Air India became a member of the Star Alliance. Since 2004, Air India has also operated the low-cost subsidiary Air India Express.