AirAsia India has taken the delivery of its first Airbus A320, equipped with Sharklets.
The Chennai-based airline will take delivery of an additional nine aircraft for its initial fleet of 10 A320s, to serve the Indian domestic market. The aircraft is powered by CFM engines and is configured in an all economy layout with 180 seats.
“Indian domestic traffic is growing at an impressive rate and our well established and successful business model suits the market. We are fully confident that with our new A320 fleet we will provide the Indian passenger the service and convenient travel options already offered by the AirAsia Group elsewhere in the region,” said Mittu Chandilya, CEO of AirAsia India.
“In the next 20 years, more people will travel by air for the first time in India and China than anywhere else,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer for customers at Airbus. “India’s domestic air transport growth is leading the world and will propel India to be one of the largest civil aviation markets by 2032. The launch of AirAsia India reflects this growth potential.”
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.