Air Asia India welcomed its first 186-seater Airbus A320neo (new engine option), which arrived in New Delhi on October 21 from Airbus’ production facility in Toulouse, France. The A320neo joins Air Asia India’s fleet of 30 A320 aircraft, taking its total livery to 31 airplanes.
“Our A320neo is fitted with LEAP-1A engines by CFM International and features large, fuel-saving wingtip devices known as Sharklets,” says a statement by Air Asia India.
The low-budget carrier joins the league of Air India, Vistara and other budget carriers Indigo and Goair which have been operating the fuel-efficient A320neos along with other types of aircraft.
The Bengaluru-based Air Asia India is a 51:49 joint venture between the Tata Group and Air Asia Group Berhad.
However, in a recent development, The Malaysian conglomerate – Air Asia Group Behrad – announced that it was to cease funding into Air Asia India, due to a slump in global travel economy. While the airline isn’t in any eminent danger, it may have its other major investor – Tata Group – come to the rescue. Both the companies have not given any official comment regarding this.