New Delhi: The first eco-friendly aircraft A320 Neo, built by European aircraft major Airbus, made its debut in India when it arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday. The aircraft was delivered to budget carrier IndiGo. Incidently, IndiGo is the first airline among Asian airlines to have included the latest aircraft from Airbus. The delivery of the eco-friendly Airbus 320 (new engine option) planes to IndiGo, which is the largest client of Airbus craft in India, was to be started from December a year ago however technical issues at that time constrained a postponed. "The delivery of the first brand new A320neo reaffirms IndiGo's commitment to the long-term future of aviation in India. This marks the beginning of the next phase of our growth and will enable us to make air transportation far more accessible for the people of India," IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said in a statement. "The A320neo fleet will set a benchmark by significantly reducing the impact on environment and lead the way to a more sustainable mode of flying," he said. Airbus 320neo is powered by PW1135G-JM 9Pratt and Whitney Pure Power Geared Turbofan) engines and has a 35,000 thrust class engine. The new airbus has many new features including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15% in fuel savings from day one and 20% by 2020, which is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320 Neo provides a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise. Airbus claims. A320neo is 15% more fuel efficient than the exiting versions of A320. IndiGo is one of Airbus' largest A320 family clients having requested 530 aircraft altogether till date in three phases. "This is a proud moment for us. The fact this delivery makes IndiGo the first A320 Neo operator in India and in Asia, makes this moment even more special," Ghosh added.
(By: Neetu Gaur Sharma)