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Air India to bid goodbye to 3 aged Classic A320s by December

Press Trust of India/Mumbai 16 May 18 | 05:53 PM

Disinvestment-bound flag carrier Air India will phase out its remaining three Classic A320 planes, which are nearly three-decade-old, from the fleet by the end of this year.

The airline had in April 2014 announced its plans to retire all 14 single-isle double-bogey wheel planes from its fleet in a phased manner after it decided to induct more fuel-efficient Airbus A320 neo planes into operations.

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Air India has already removed 11 classic A320 planes out of operations and the remaining three such aircraft will be going out of the fleet by December this year, a senior company official told PTI.

The official said that though these planes are still flying, they are carrying out limited operations.

"Most of the time these planes are on a standby mode and they perform one or two schedule flight in a day," the official said.

Earlier, the carrier had planned to retire these planes by March this year.

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) - one of Air India's pilots' bodies - had in 2015 termed these aged planes as "lethal and snag-prone" and demanded their grounding from aviation regulator DGCA in order to ensure passengers' safety.

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