Air India reveals new chakra-inspired livery ahead of receiving first Airbus A350
The airline also has a new logo and aims to fly an entirely new long-haul fleet by 2026
New Delhi (TN) – Air India has revealed a sleek new look for its planes, ahead of receiving its first A350 aircraft in December.
The airline, which is headquartered in New Delhi, gave travellers a sneak peek at its new chakra-inspired livery on Thursday.
Designed to capture “the essence of a bold new India”, the palette features bright red and sleek aubergine tones, complemented by gold highlights. The traditional Indian window shape, historically used by Air India, has been reimagined into a curved golden window frame.
On the tail fin, ribbons of the three colours sit side by side, with added shadows for depth. A jaali (net) pattern detail, inspired by the chakra from Air India’s original logo, adorn the coloured ribbons.
Stylish wingtips replicate the design from the tail fin on the inside, and feature a golden exterior.
Air India 470 new planes and a $400 million retrofit programme
The new look is only one part of Air India’s transformation. The airline has already confirmed agreements to acquire 250 Airbus aircraft and 220 new Boeing jets, with deliveries starting in November this year.
As part of the US$400 million retrofit programme, which will start next year, the airline’s legacy fleet of 43 wide-body jets will be retrofitted with new seats, in-flight entertainment systems and upgraded Wi-Fi connectivity. By 2026, Air India will sport an entirely refreshed long-haul fleet.
New passenger lounges at Delhi and New York JFK airports are also in the works, and the airline has announced plans for 100 per cent lounge access coverage for premium customers at all destinations across its international route network.