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Air India Airbus A320neo (A320-251N) VT-EXF
Air India Airbus A320neo (A320-251N) VT-EXF.

Video: Making the Air India A320neo. India has maximum neo operators.

Yesterday, national carrier Air India took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, VT-EXF. The aircraft is financed by Kuwait’s ALAFCO.

The delivery signifies the first CFM powered A320neo in India. Unlike IndiGo and Go Air who chose the Pratt and Whitney PW110G GTF, Air India opted for the CFM LEAP engine.

The delivery also puts India in the lead with three A320neo operators, the maximum in the world.

Below is a video on the making of the Air India aircraft. You will observe, Air India has gone back to white from the cream toned pearl white it used earlier.

Air India Airbus A320 VT-EXC.
Air India Airbus A320 classic VT-EXC in pearl white.

Air India has indicated it will use the neos on its international regional routes. A very sensible decision given that fuel efficiency performance of the neo improves with the length of the flight.

The infographic below provides more information

Air India A320neo infographic. Source Airbus.
Air India A320neo infographic. Source Airbus.

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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