Chennai, Mar 22 IBNS | 4 months ago

Low cost air carrier AirAsia India on Saturday received its first aircraft at the Kamaraj airport, here.


The pristine Airbus A320 made its opulent entry into the city on Saturday.

The aircraft, which landed at 9.25 am from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, is the first aircraft to be delivered to AirAsia India.

Powered by CFM engines, the aircraft is configured in an all economy layout with 180 seats.

Mittu Chandilya, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia India said, "AirAsia India family takes immense pride in welcoming home its first aircraft which has just rolled off the manufacturing line from Toulouse. It is overwhelming to see the spirit of our employees as they strive towards our dream of offering world-class high-quality, safe, reliable and affordable air travel to everyone on India."

Chandilya added, "The arrival of our first A320 signifies that we are a step closer to our dream to create a new benchmark in the low-cost air travel category. The Indian aviation industry will soon witness a prodigious overhaul with the entry of AirAsia India. As I mentioned in my final pre-flight address to our Ferry Flight crew of Pilots and Engineers, 'with this plane, you bring home the hopes of all AirAsia India's AllStars and the promise to revolutionize Indian Aviation. Take pride in that honor and safe journey back'."

AirAsia India's fleet will be drawn from the 475 A320 family aircraft ordered by the AirAsia Group.

According to the officials, till 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.

AirAsia India is a joint venture, partnering AirAsia, Tata Sons Limited and Arun Bathia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd.

Currently, AirAsia India is awaiting AOP to start flying commercially.

(Posted on 22-03-2014)