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Air Deccan Orders 30 Airbus A320s (Dec. 22)

Air Deccan, India’s first low-cost carrier, is to grow its fleet by acquiring a further 30 Airbus A320s, following the signature of a contract with Airbus. Deliveries of the aircraft are due to begin in 2007.

Air Deccan became the first private operator in India to fly Airbus aircraft in July this year, when it received the first of five leased A320s. It currently flies three leased Airbus A320s on services among Indian cities. Two more leased A320s plus two ordered A320s are due to join its fleet in February and September 2005, respectively.

All of the aircraft will seat 180 passengers in an all-economy layout. The choice of engines has yet to be announced.

“With our low-cost approach and the modern and efficient Airbus A320, we have shown that we can offer airfares comparable to the cost of rail-travel, opening up a new market in India,” says Air Deccan Managing Director Captain G.R. Gopinath. “We now plan to expand our Airbus A320 fleet to bring affordable travel to even more people, with aircraft with the widest seats and most spacious cabins in their class.”

Bangalore-based Air Deccan is one of a growing number of low-cost carriers that prefer what the Airbus A320 Family has to offer,” says Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Noël Forgeard. “We look forward to being Air Deccan’s partner as it stimulates and grows the important Indian market.”

Airbus’ A320 family is widely recognised as having the most modern design of any single-aisle aircraft, with many features such as fuel-saving wingtip fences, weight-saving new materials, as well as reliability and ease of maintenance. It consistently leads in independent passenger and operator surveys.

Airbus’ A320 family is the most successful aircraft family in the world, having been chosen by more than 180 customers and operators around the world, including many in Asia-Pacific. Firm orders for the Airbus A320 family stand at almost 3,300 aircraft, more than 2,200 of which have been delivered to date.

Airbus is an EADS joint company with BAE Systems.

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Air Deccan to Grow Airbus A320 Fleet by 30 Aircraft