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Air India makes big international push with record jet order

Tata Group carrier faces competition from Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian rivals

Air India has ordered 470 new aircraft as the carrier pushes to become a bigger global player.   © Reuters

BENGALURU -- Air India's eye-popping aircraft order underscores its vaulting global ambitions, but wresting market share from rival carriers in the Middle East and Southeast Asia remains a challenge.

The Tata Group-owned airline said of the 470 aircraft it ordered from Boeing and Airbus, 70 were wide-body variants powered by Rolls Royce and GE Aerospace engines while the rest were single-aisle aircraft fitted with engines from CFM International.

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