Air India today inducted the first Airbus 320 neo plane, touted as fuel efficient, into its fleet, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The A320 neo (new engine option) plane is configured with 162 seats, including 12 in the business class. The plane has been leased from Kuwait's ALAFCO.
Soon after formally inducting the plane, which was given the traditional water canon salute at the international airport here, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said a total of 14 A320 Neos would be inducted into the fleet.
The airline would also look at using these planes for international operations, he said.
Air India is the third Indian carrier after no-frills airlines IndiGo and GoAir to induct A320 neo aircraft. Air India Group's fleet size now stands at 138 planes. The national carrier has plans to induct a total of 29 A320 neos into its fleet by March 2019.