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MAY 2016 ISSUE

Air India to operate A320neo from 2017; First Indigo A320neo makes public appearance
 
Air India and Alafco have signed a lease agreement for operating lease of 14 A320neo aircraft at the Hyderabad airshow on March 16. Air India plans to benefit from A320neo’s 15 per cent fuel burn reduction, reduced noise and environmental footprint, while offering its passengers the best in class comfort. Today Air India already operates 66 A320 family aircraft including 22 A319, 24 A320 and 20 A321. Airbus and Air India have enjoyed a very long term partnership. Air India was the first airline in India to operate A320s 27 years ago.

IndiGo’s first A320neo has made an appearance on the opening day of the India Aviation airshow in Hyderabad on March 16. The aircraft was shown in front of Indian government officials, IndiGo and Airbus executives as well as airshow crowds. The aircraft was delivered on March 11th after a direct flight from Toulouse to Delhi International airport lasting over eight hours (8hrs & 12 mins).

IndiGo, India’s largest airline by passenger numbers is Airbus’ biggest A320neo customer having ordered a total of 430 aircraft placed in 2011 and 2015. The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year. So far Airbus has won orders for over 4,500 A320neo aircraft.

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