Air India has become the latest A320neo operator after taking delivery of the first of 14 aircraft leased from Kuwait headquartered ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company. The airline also became the first CFM powered NEO operator in India.

According to Airbus, the delivery is also the first NEO for ALAFCO from an order for 85 A320neo Family. The A320neo will join Air India’s existing fleet of 66 A320 Family aircraft.

Through a network of over 45 Indian suppliers, more than 6,000 professionals in India contribute directly and indirectly to all Airbus programmes and every aircraft produced today is partly made in India.

India's state-run carrier Air India has grounded 57 cabin crew members, mostly air hostesses, for being overweight. This means a massive cut in their monthly allowances. Air India Cabin crew get a flying allowance that ranges from anything between $ 500 and $1,000 a month.

Airbus claimed that the A320neo Family has booked over 5,000 orders from 92 customers since its launch in 2010 capturing almost 60 percent share of the market. To date over 70 A320neo have been delivered to 18 customers.

The flag carrier of India now operates a fleet of 155 aircraft and serves a total of 91 destinations including 52 domestic destinations and 39 international destinations in 27 countries.