Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The second edition of the India Aviation 2010 got off to a flying start on Wednesday with the delivery of two A320 aircrafts to Air India, the national carrier, and low-fare carrier IndiGo.

Setting the tone for the business transactions, Airbus executive vice-president (marketing & contracts) Kiran Rao formally handed over the aircraft to the two carriers in the presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

Number up

The latest delivery takes the total number of A320 aircraft in Air India's fleet to 46 while IndiGo received its 25 {+t} {+h} aircraft.

The A320 family which also includes the A318, A319 and A321, is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family and it offers passengers the most comfort among any single-aisle aircraft. The A320 family has unique operational commonality that would allow airlines to use the same pool of cabin crew and maintenance engineers, resulting in significant cost savings.