The first of the 43 assembly-fresh aircraft ordered
by state-run carrier, Indian (Indian Airlines), from
the European manufacturer Airbus Industrie, has arrived
at the IGI airport. The 122-seater Airbus A-319 was
received by civil aviation minister Praful Patel, Indian
CMD Vishwapati Trivedi and senior officials of the ministry
and other agencies.
has placed orders for nineteen A-319s, twenty A-321s
and four A-320s at an estimated cost of $2 billion.
of the aircraft would be stepped up from June 2007 with
six aircraft to be delivered that year, 12 in 2008,
18 in 2009 and the last six in 2010. Delivery of all
43 aircraft is expected to be completed by March 2010.
planes would come in two class configurations with the
A-319 having 122 seats, A-321 with 172 seats and A-320
having 140 seats.
the aircraft which is already delivered, the remaining
joining the fleet next year would have in-flight audio-visual
entertainment systems on the seatbacks.
is the first new aircraft that the airline added to
its fleet in about a decade, an official with the civil
aviation ministry said. The new A319 is the 74th aircraft
of the domestic carrier.