The Telegraph
Sunday , March 23 , 2014
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Chennai, March 22 (PTI): No-frill carrier AirAsia India today took delivery of its first Airbus A320 as it landed in Chennai after flying in from the Toulouse headquarters of the European aircraft manufacturer.

“Great news! India’s latest airline, AirAsia India, has taken delivery of its first A320 equipped with Sharklets,” Airbus tweeted with a picture of the jet painted red and the name of the airline written in white.

Sharklets are folded wing tips that help an aircraft to glide smoothly, thereby reducing fuel burn and emission. However, the no-frill carrier, a joint venture between Malaysia’s AirAsia Bhd, Tata Sons and Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace, is still awaiting a flying licence from aviation regulator DGCA.

The A320, bearing call-sign VT-ATF, landed in Chennai, where the headquarters of AirAsia India is located. The plane, configured in an all-economy layout with 180 seats, was greeted with a water cannon salute as it taxied on the runway.