Air India (AI, Delhi International) is planning to reactivate its entire sub-fleet of A320 Family aircraft by December 2018 as the financial situation at the airline has improved, CNBC TV18 has reported.

"The cash situation is improving and [the aircraft currently on the ground] should be back into operations by December," an unnamed official said.

The Airbus narrowbodies are grounded mostly due to the carrier's poor financial standing and the resulting shortage of spares. Air India never confirmed that it was missing parts and only said previously that the grounding was a "routine practice".

According to the ch-aviation fleets module, Air India currently operates twenty-two A319-100s, ten A320-200s, twenty-two A320neo, and twenty A321-200s. Out of these, two A319s and six A321s are currently grounded.

The carrier's debt currently exceeds INR500 billion rupees (USD6.7 billion).