Air India calls RFP for A320 leases

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Air India has launched a request for proposals seeking to lease up to 19 new Airbus A320s.

The airline is seeking to lease the aircraft for up to six years, with deliveries to commence from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the tender documents.

It also specifies that the aircraft should be fitted with sharklets and CFM International CFM56-5B4/3 performance improvement package engines. The aircraft would have to be delivered in an all-economy layout of up to 180 seats without in-flight entertainment.

Bids are to be submitted to Air India's office in New Delhi by 15:00 local time on 3 September.

Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Air India operates of 21 A320s, of which four are powered by CFM56 engines. It also has 24 A319s and 20 A321s in service.