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PICTURE: Air India takes first A320neo

Air India has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, becoming the ninth Asian operator of the type.

The aircraft is the first of 14 that the carrier will be leasing from Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO). The CFM International Leap 1A engine-powered aircraft, registered VT-EXF, is also the first re-engined narrowbody for the lessor, which has ordered 85 A320neo family jets.

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Last November, Air India also issued a tender seeking to dry lease up to seven new A320neo jets for up to 12 years. It had asked that the aircraft be powered by Leap 1A engines and be delivered before 30 June 2018.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Air India has 110 aircraft in service, of which 68 are A320 family jets.

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