Air India re-issues 777 tender

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Air India has re-issued a tender for up to five Boeing 777-200LR aircraft offered on a dry lease basis.

The Indian carrier first approached operators with a tender in January but postponed bids to a later date. It issued the tender again last month and bids were due on 24 September.

Under the terms of the tender, Air India is seeking a dry lease agreement for a period of six-to-10 years. The aircraft were acquired under US Export-Import Bank financings.

Four of the aircraft, with the manufacturer serial numbers 36300, 36301, 36302 and 36303 were manufactured in 2007. The fifth aircraft, MSN 36304, was manufactured in February 2008.

The aircraft, which are part of an eight 777-200LR fleet, are configured with 238 seats in three cabins: eight first class seats, 35 business class seats and 195 economy class seats. The remaining three aircraft were built in 2009.

Bids are due 16 October.