Air Deccan, India’s first low-cost airline, has this week chosen Airbus’ A320 aircraft to expand services to major Indian cities from its Bangalore base.
It will acquire two new Airbus A320s from Airbus, and has taken options on two more. The airline will also lease a further five A320s from Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE).
Deliveries of the leased aircraft will begin in July this year, while those of the new aircraft from Airbus will start in September 2005.
All of the aircraft will seat 180 passengers in an all-economy layout and will be powered by International Aero Engines V2500-A5 engines.
‘With our low-cost approach, we naturally wanted the most economical aircraft for the job, and the Airbus A320 was the clear winner in our evaluation,’ said Air Deccan Managing Director Captain GR Gopinath.
‘We also recognised that the Airbus A320’s cabin is the widest and most spacious in its class, which will allow us to compete with other carriers on product, as well as cost,’ added Gopinath.
Air Deccan currently flies seven ATR 42 turboprops on services from Bangalore to cities in the south of India. Air Deccan intends to use the A320 to expand its low-cost operation throughout India.