Air India takes delivery of first of 9 new A320neo’s from CALC

An Air India Airbus A320neo on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: CALC

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) has announced the delivery of its first of nine new Airbus A320neo aircraft to Air India in Toulouse, France.

The delivery marks the first deal with Air India as it returns to Tata Group ownership. All nine aircraft are equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines and scheduled to be delivered by stages in 2023 and 2024.

A New Chapter for Air India

The nine Airbus A320neo aircraft in question are part of CALC’s existing order book.

Equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines, these aircraft are not only technologically advanced but also highly fuel-efficient, a crucial factor in the modern aviation landscape.

This partnership holds particular significance as Air India returns to Tata Group ownership. It is part of what is a fresh start and furthers the ongoing merger and upgrade process for the full service carrier.

As CALC extends its support to Air India, it is evident that this partnership will be instrumental in shaping the future of the airline.

The latest aircraft, registered VT-RTF, arrived in Delhi today.


A Message of Appreciation

Winnie Liu, the Executive Director and Chief Customer Officer of CALC, expressed their gratitude to the Indian carrier for placing their trust in CALC.

She emphasized the importance of this collaboration in supporting Air India’s growth and helping it maintain its reputation as one of the world’s leading carriers. The focus is not just on aircraft delivery but on delivering a superb flying experience.

The partnership between CALC and the Indian full service airline is not a recent development. It dates back to 2015 when CALC supplied Air India with five new Airbus A320ceo aircraft through operating lease arrangements.

This enduring partnership reflects the trust and reliability that CALC brings to the table.

Global Expansion

In recent months, CALC has extended its global reach, expanding into Central Asia, Africa, and Oceania markets.

This expansion has significantly increased CALC’s customer base, now serving 42 airlines in 20 countries and regions as of June 30, 2023. It’s a testament to their commitment to serving the global aviation industry.

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