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Air India inducts first A320neo into its fleet

DELHI: Aiming to bolster its capacity in the domestic market, Air India today inducted the first Airbus A320neo aircraft into its fleet.

The Airbus A320neo aircraft has a seat configuration of 162 seats including 12 seats in the business class.

This aircraft is fuel efficient and is the first of 14 aircrafts leased from Kuwait headquartered ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company. Air India thus becomes the first CFM powered NEO operator in India.

Air India plans to induct 29 A320 neo aircraft into its fleet by 2019. The A320neo will join Air India’s existing fleet of 66 A320 family aircraft thus making Air India’s fleet size to 138 planes.

Air India, today, flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, its latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraft.

State owned Air India is the flag carrier airline of India and the third largest airline in India in terms of passengers carried, after IndiGo and Jet Airways.

It is headquartered in Delhi. Air India has major domestic hubs at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and secondary hubs at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata and Chennai International Airport.

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