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New Airbus A321-Neo joins Air India fleet, to fly on domestic routes

It is reported that the new A321-Neo was among three such aircraft which had been manufacturted originally for Russian airlines but delivery was held up because of the Western sanctions on Moscow in view of its invasion of Ukraine. The other two are also expected to join Air India soon.

NEW DELHI, March 29: Air India has received its first A321neo. It flew in to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi from Hamburg on Saturday. The new arrival has CFM LEAP 1A engines.

This forms the first aircraft of a mega order Air India had placed with Airbus and Boeing last month.

The aircraft is registered as VT-RTD. It flew non-stop 7 hours and 55 minutes from Hamburg.

"We're thrilled to welcome our Airbus A321 Neo (VT-RTD). We look forward to welcoming you onboard!," Air India tweeted.

"This is the 1st A321neo (fitted with CFM LEAP 1A engines) type of aircraft to be inducted by AI," it said.

The narrow body Airbus will fly on the domestic routes.

The A321 Neo (VT-RTD) is one of three A321neos joining the fleet soon. The other two will be registered VT-RTB and VT-RTC. It is reported that these three were meant for Russian airlines but because of the Western sanctions on Russia in view of its invasion of Ukraine, the delivery was held up.

Tata Group-owned Air India has inducted its first Airbus A321neo. The aircraft registered as VT-RTD took off from Hamburg, Germany on Saturday for IGIA, New Delhi. (The French Airbus manufacturer's final assembly of the A320s aircraft takes place in the Hamburg unit in Germany.) This is for the first time that Air India has received delivery of a single-aisle airliner after its acquisition by Tata Group.

"All set to welcome the newest entrant to our AI Family- Airbus A321 Neo (VT-RTD). Itís taken off from Hamburg & we canít wait to see her land here! This is the 1st A321 Neo (fitted with CFM LEAP 1A Engines) type of aircraft to be inducted by AI," the carrier had tweeted.

A321neo has a seating capacity of 180 to 220 passengers in a two-class layout, and 244 in a higher-density arrangement while A320neo seats 140 to 180 passengers.

Air India is acquiring 250 Airbus aircraft. In mega orders placed last month with Boeing and Airbus manufacturers, Air India is buying 470 planes worth over $80 billion. Of these, 250 planes will be Airbus that includes 140 A320neo and 70 A321neo single-aisle aircraft as well as 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 wide-body jets while 220 planes will come from Boeing, 190 of them 737 Max, 20 Dreamliner 787-9s and 10 777s. Airbus 350 and Boeing 777-9 are widebody for long haul.

The deal has an option to buy 370 more planes from the aviation majors in the next decade. Air India's current fleet has over 100 planes comprising of Airbus A319, A320, A320 neo, A321 as well as Boeing 777 and Boeing 787.


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