Boeing makes offers to woo A-I, IA

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 31 August 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: US company Boeing Commercial Airplanes on Tuesday offered to replace the aircraft leased by Air-India from South Korea with new generation ones at a "great price" and said Indian Airlines would save over Rs 700 crore if it bought planes from it.
"We have made a proposal to A-I to replace the aircraft it has leased from South Korea with new generation planes. It will be a great solution at a great price," Boeing's president (aircraft trading) Dinesh Keskar told reporters.

He said B-747s would be replaced by similar aircraft with "new interiors of B-777s and private televisions on each economy class seats". The lease of the Korean Boeings expires in 2006-07.

On the offer to Indian Airlines whose proposal to acquire 43 Airbus 319s, 320s and 321s is currently being vetted by the Government, Keskar, who is also Boeing's vice-president (sales), said: "our offer of Rs 700 crore rebate continues to stand".

Boeing has been making this offer for the past few years to woo IA into buying its planes.

Elaborating on the "competitive advantages" Indian carriers would gain by operating Boeing jetliners, Keskar said the B 777-200 extended range and long range versions would be the "right choice for A-I to increase its market share, enhance passengers' flying experience and maximise profitability".

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