Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A new worry for India’s airlines — planes ready to be delivered

The decision of IndiGo, India’s largest airline, last week that it would continue to take delivery of new aircraft and balance it by returning the older A320ceo despite the current situation, raised many eyebrows. Air traffic has plummeted to new lows and recovery isn’t in sight yet, but IndiGo is trying hard to keep costs low.
From grounding of over 650 aircraft on March 25 to excess planes with airlines currently, airlines have come a long way in two months.
The move by some airlines from India to place record orders with both Airbus and Boeing will now haunt them because of the coronavirus lockdown. IndiGo, GoAir, Vistara and Spicejet have aircraft on order with Airbus and Boeing. While Air India does not have any aircraft on order, AirAsia India has not placed any order with any manufacturer directly with all its aircraft leased, a few coming in from its parent in Malaysia and other group subsidiaries and the rest coming in from open market lease.
IndiGo has 332 A320neo on order along with 398 A321neo, some of which are the A321XLR – which is yet to have its first flight. With over 100 A320neos already in fleet and 17 A321neo in fleet, the airline has a backlog of 600+ aircraft. The Wadias-backed Go Air had ordered 144 A320neos in two tranches of which the airline has taken delivery of 43 aircraft, with a hundred more yet to be delivered.
10/06/20 Ameya Josh/
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