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IndiGo to take delivery of its first A321 neo this year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will take delivery of its neo aircraft, which are more fuel efficient and have higher seating capacity, this year, a said today.

Against the backdrop of the facing issues with engines powering its neo fleet, officials of said the technical issues are under control and improvements are being initiated.

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"We will take delivery of our first neo over the end of the year. These are the longer version of the A320s we currently operate with higher seating capacity.

"... what we are planning right now is taking one extra fuel tank which makes it a six-hour airplane, we can fly in six hours. We think that is going to bring lot of opportunities to international flight, that is part of our growth plans," Greg Taylor, a at InterGlobe, said.

InterGlobe's said that on neo planes, it has full confidence. "All the technical issues are completely under control, improvements have been initiated. The with these engines are safe to fly," he added.

Speaking at the company's annual general meeting here, he said, "when you hear an is grounded means it is a planned action to put an aircraft out of service to change an engine because we know some engines are to be exchanged after certain period of time".

"This is a process well established," he said against the backdrop of the grounding six aircraft since July due to P&W engine issues.

At present, has a fleet of more than 170 aircraft, including 40 neo planes.

During February and March this year, 14 planes -- 11 of IndiGo and three of -- were taken out of operations due to P&W engine issues on the directions of the regulator after a series of mid-air shut downs were reported by the two carriers.

In the 2017 June quarter, IndiGo grounded nine A320 neo planes due to engine issues.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:25 IST
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