India’s long-haul carrier Air India has ordered 18 A330 aircraft from French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation.
The order, valued at around Rs 2,400 crore, comes just months after the airline bought the A330A and A330C jets from Dassault for Rs 3,200 crore.
Air India is already flying the A320neo aircraft.
“In light of the order for 18 A320-200s, we have ordered 14 A330s from Dazon, bringing the total number of aircraft for the A-group to 17,” the airline said in a statement.
The A330 will be used to fly around 60,000 passengers and over 2.5 million tonnes of cargo annually.
Air France and Air New Zealand, which are also in talks to buy the aircraft, are also expected to enter the A350 business.
The airline has been forced to slash its number of routes to around 25 in the past few years, due to weak demand and an ageing fleet.