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On Asia Pacific tour, A220 makes a quick stop in New Delhi

Exhibition flight: The Airbus A220-300 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

Exhibition flight: The Airbus A220-300 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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With a capacity of 145 seats, the aircraft falls in between 40-70-seater ATRs and 180-seater Airbus A320

The newest single-aisle aircraft, the Airbus A220-300, concluded its seven-nation demonstration tour of the Asia Pacific region on Tuesday after a quick stop at Indira Gandhi International airport.

The aircraft flew to New Delhi on Monday from Bengaluru, after visiting Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia. It will now return to Riga, the headquarters of AirBaltic from which Airbus leased the plane for its marketing and sales pitch. With a capacity of 145 seats, the aircraft falls in between 40-70-seater ATRs and 180-seater Airbus A320 — the two planes that are common to many airlines in the country.

The new plane is best suited for start-up airlines in India, according to Connor Buott, Senior Analyst, Customer Affairs, Airbus.

For smaller airports

“It is not just an aircraft that can replace regional aircraft (such as ATRs) or A320s, but there is simply a demand for a new type of aircraft. The A220 gives new options as it has landing capabilities at smaller airports and has the same length mission (as many of the planes presently in the Indian fleet),” Mr. Buott said on board a demo flight from Bengaluru to New Delhi on Monday. The aircraft has a range of 3,400 nautical miles.

Regional airlines, which have bagged routes under the governments regional connectivity scheme (RCS) to connect tier-2 and tier-3 cities in return for subsidy, could step up from the smaller ATRs to A220s if they have higher passenger demand on those routes. This will offer them a lower per seat cost, though ATRs are more fuel-efficient. Mr. Buott added that in the next 20 years, nearly 7,000 100-150 seater aircraft will be needed in the world. India is likely to see its fleet size expand by four times and could add 2,000 narrow body planes.

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