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Mar 22, 2014, 05.13 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Air Asia's 1st Airbus A320 from France arrives in Chennai

With the first aircraft arriving in Chennai, AirAsia will take further add nine more A320 aircraft. It may be noted that Director General of Civil Aviation had dismissed all the 20 objects from Federation of Indian Airlines to grant license to AirAsia.

At a time when it is waiting to receive the Air operating permit to fly, AirAsia India received its first aircraft today at Kamaraj airport, Chennai at 9:25 am on Saturday.So ,finally, the pristine, state-of- art Airbus A320 made its opulent entry in the city.

The aircraft arrived from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France and is the first one to be delivered to AirAsia India. Powered by CFM engines, the aircraft is configured in an all economy layout with 180 seats.

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Mittu Chandilya, CEO, AirAsia India said "AirAsia India family takes immense pride in welcoming home its first aircraft which has just rolled of the manufacturing line from Toulouse. It is overwhelming to see the AllStar spirit of our employees as they strive towards our dream of offering world-class high-quality, safe, reliable and affordable air travel to everyone on India.

The arrival of our first A320 signifies that we are a step closer to our dream to create a new benchmark in the low-cost air travel category. The Indian aviation industry will soon witness a prodigious overhaul with the entry of AirAsia India. As I mentioned in my final pre-flight address to our Ferry Flight crew of Pilots and Engineers "with this plane you bring home the hopes of all AirAsia India's AllStars and the promise to revolutionize Indian Aviation. Take pride in that honor and safe journey back".

Tony Fernandes, CEO, AirAsia on Twitter said, “AirAsia India first aircraft arrives in Chennai, India. Wow. Still a bit to do bit on the final straight though.” With the first aircraft arriving in Chennai, AirAsia will take further add nine more A320 aircraft. It may be noted that Director General of Civil Aviation had dismissed all the 20 objects from Federation of Indian Airlines to grant license to AirAsia.

AirAsia India is a joint venture, partnering AirAsia, Tata Sons Limited and Arun Bathia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt. Ltd. Currently, AirAsia India is awaiting AOP to start flying commercially.

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