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GoAir's first Airbus A320neo VT-WGA MSN7047 takes-off at Toulouse airport.
GoAir's first Airbus A320neo VT-WGA MSN7047 takes-off at Toulouse airport. Image courtesy Airbus and GoAir

GoAir to buy another 70 A320neo family airplanes

Media outlets across the world are reporting that Indian low fare carrier GoAir will order another 70 A320neo narrow body airplanes. This is in addition to the existing order of 72 A320neo from which, the airline received its first delivery last month.

The order will be worth $7.5 billion at list prices though one can expect GoAir to receive hefty discounts from the manufacturer. Speculation is rife as to which powerplant will the airline choose. However, our analysis supports the Pratt & Whitney PurePower 1127 Geared Turbo Fan engine, and not CFM’s LEAP.

At the same time, there are reports that GoAir has sought permission of the Indian government to commence international flights. Possible destinations are in the middle east, Iran, CIS countries, and ASEAN nations. The airline has a reputation of launching and sustaining routes which other carriers have not been successful at. There are indications that the airline will commence international flights by 2017.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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