No-frills carrier AirAsia India gets its first Airbus A320Neo aircraft

By business standard

No-frills carrier AirAsia India has joined the league of Airbus A320Neo operators in the country with its first such plane arriving at the New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from the European aviation major’s Toulouse manufacturing facility on Wednesday, the airline said.

AirAsia India welcomed its first 186-seater Airbus A320neo (new engine option), which arrived in New Delhi on October 21 from Airbus’s production facility in Toulouse, France, the airline said in a release.

Till now, national carrier Air India, Tata-SIA joint venture Vistara and budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir have been operating the fuel-efficient A320Neos along with other types of aircraft.

While IndiGo and GoAir have Pratt & Whitney engines powering these planes, Air India and Vistara’s A320s have CFM engines fitted on these planes.

In June last year, IndiGo had placed a USD 20 billion order for CFM LEAP-1A engines to power 280 A320neo and A321neo aircraft.

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