The airline, on its part, maintains that these 'classics' are perfectly safe to fly and plans to use them for two to three more years.
In the past too ICPA has several times written to the airline and the DGCA on the issue of using the A320 classics that IA started inducting in late 1980 to early 1990s as they are prone to snags. However, the regulator has refused to act so far.
A senior AI official dismissed safety fears over using these old planes and says that they will be used for up to three more years.
08/02/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India