As AirlineWorld has reported earlier, India has merged its two national airlines earlier this year. The new merged Air India will be one of the largest airlines in Asia, and what would be a better way to represent this, than ordering a few Airbus A380 superjumbos?
According to ATW News, “Airbus CEO Tom Enders and CCO John Leahy told reporters yesterday at a press conference in New Delhi that the manufacturer is in talks with Air India regarding a potential A380 order. “We are in discussions with Air India now and we think they would need about 10-12 A380 aircraft as soon as we can deliver them,” Leahy said, according to multiple media reports. He said delivery could take place by 2011 if an order is placed soon. Enders added that it was “not an accident” that he traveled to India with Leahy. “India is one of the most important growing markets for us,” he said. AI said no decision has been made about a possible order.”