AirAsia India (Chennai) has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320 (A320-216 VT-ATF, man 6015) equipped with Sharklets, becoming the newest operator of the type. VT-ATF was handed over yesterday (March 21). AirAsia India will take delivery of an additional nine aircraft for its initial fleet of 10 A320s, to serve India’s rapidly growing domestic air traffic. Powered by CFM engines, the aircraft is configured in an all economy layout with 180 seats.
The new airline is a joint venture between AirAsia Group, Tata Sons and Telstra Tradeplace.
AirAsia India’s fleet will be drawn from the 475 A320 Family aircraft ordered by the AirAsia Group. To date, almost a third of the aircraft on order have already been delivered and are flying on AirAsia Group’s operations out of Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and now Chennai. The AirAsia Group has also ordered 51 A330s and 10 A350 XWBs for its long haul affiliate AirAsia X.
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