Air Deccan to purchase 30 more Airbus A320 Planes
There is no doubt that the Indian aviation market is seeing a boom time and the latest news coming in is that the first private airline carrier of the country Air Deccan is placing an order for 30 new planes from the European Airline manufacturer Airbus. This order is for the Airbus A320 planes and at list price the order is worth around $1.5 billion.
Air Deccan has said that this additional order is to meet the growing demand in the domestic market. The airline company already offers the maximum number of routes for the Indian travelers and the new planes would help it expand their services in the Indian aviation market. Managing Director G.R. Gopinath said in a statement on this news: â€œWe thought now is the right time to go for additional planes. We need to have these planes on hand as we expand our network, and the deal helped us negotiate a better price on existing orders as well.”
The order comes just after both Indian and Air India; the state run airline companies placed their orders for new planes. Market analysts believe that the Indian market is growing at such a pace that it would require planes worth $35 billion in the next 2 decades. These orders can be of as many as 570 new planes. Air Deccan on their part has estimated that they would be carrying around 4 million passengers in the 12 months ending March 2006.
Air Deccan currently operates with a fleet of 24 aircraft at present that include seven Airbus planes and 17 planes made by Avions de Transport Regional. They already have also placed orders for 32 Airbus A320 and 30 ATR72 planes.