Just over a month ago, GoAir's now former CEO, Kaushik Khona, told a conference that his airline planned to add five more Airbus A320s this year and another five in 2012, with the aim of having 20 aircraft in service by January 2013. GoAir are India's smallest low cost carrier, linking 18 Indian cities with a fleet of 10 CFM56-powered Airbus A320s. Two weeks ago, Khona was replaced as CEO by Air One's former chief revenue officer, Giorgio De Roni, who was apparently given a mandate to pursue a much more aggressive expansion plan. This week, Indian press reports indicate that part of the new plan includes placing an order for 50 or more new Airbus A320s at the Paris air show. With first deliveries as early as 2012, at least some of GoAir's new order would have to be for standard A320s, sharklet equipped perhaps, but not A320neos. However, the carrier might follow Virgin America by ordering both standard and neo versions of the A320. If so, they're also likley to follow the US carrier's engine selection, and stay with CFM and their Leap-X. Will the new CEO also reverse the previous plan of adding more destinations this year, but remaining a domestic only carrier? The projected size of the order makes this too seem likely. GoAir will qualify for international services once its active fleet reaches 20 aircraft.
Wed, Jun 15 2011 3:34 PM
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