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Indian airline inducts first Airbus 320 neo plane

STORY: India’s national carrier, Air India, on Thursday (February 16) inducted its first Airbus 320 New Engine Option (neo) plane in New Delhi.

The A320 neo is configured with 162 seats, including 12 in the business class. The aircrafts has been leased from Kuwait’s ALAFCO.

Air India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Ashwani Lohani, said the newly launched airbus will be used on both domestic and international routes.

“These are more fuel efficient aircraft, and it is beautiful, pure white. And it is going to fly places, going to fly nearby countries and within India.”

According to local media reports, the state-owned airline aims to lease 14 similar aircrafts.

Air India is the third domestic service after IndiGo and GoAir to introduce the A320 into its fleet.

Indebted Air India, which last made an annual profit in 2007, has seen its market share shrink in recent years amid rising competition from private carriers. It is now India’s third-largest airline by market share.

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