Sunday, June 07, 2020

GoAir plan to retire Airbus A320ceo fleet on track: Official

Mumbai: Disruption in the airline industry due to COVID-19 has not impacted GoAir''s plan to retire its Airbus A320ceo fleet and it remains on track, an airline official has said.

The Wadia group-owned airline has at present 43 A320neo planes and the rest 13 A320s in the fleet of 56 aircraft.

GoAir had launched the airline in November 2005 with A320s but later switched to more fuel-efficient A320neo in 2016.

Of the 19 such planes the airline inducted in the first phase of its fleet expansion, it has already phased out six as part of the plan, which is aimed at cost-cutting by way of fuel saving and low-maintenance cost, the official said.

"Since these planes have already completed their lease period, we had the option to either extend the lease further or return and so we decided for the latter option. Moreover, we are already inducting the more fuel-efficient A320Neo planes, which give us the cost advantage as well," the official said.

Significantly, GoAir''s bigger rival IndiGo too has announced of phasing out its 120 A320s from its fleet in the next two years due to high cost.

Stating that the plan to phase out the remaining 13 aircraft remains on track, the official said the exit of these aircraft from the fleet would not have any impact either on the network or operations of the airline.
07/06/20 PTI/Outlook
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