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GoAir to expand fleet with 20 Airbus acquisitions

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Mumbai, Feb 22 (UNI) GoAir, the budget airline promoted by Wadias, launched in November last year with 3 A-320 aircraft, is continuing with its expansion mode and is now set to acquire an additional 20 A-320 family aircraft, expected to cost USD 1.2 billion (in rupee terms roughly Rs 5300 crore).

The additional aircraft will allow it to expand aggressively into the North Indian and Metro-to-Metro flight routes, said a press release here.

The orders were placed in Singapore today with GoAir Managing Director Jeh Wadia saying the airline required these planes to respond to the ''tremendous growth in air traffic we are experiencing in India and the increasing demand for GoAir''.

The A-320 family aircraft would have a single-class economy layout with 180 seats.

These aircraft, he said, will allow GoAir to develop its network and introduce new routes not previously served. ''We are excited about being able to offer the ''Fly Smarter'' experience to more cities and passengers throughout India,'' stated the release quoting Mr Wadia.

Currently, GoAir operates three Airbus A320s on 24 flights covering eleven cities.

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