Deccan airline to replace old fleet

February 18th, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by admin  


Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Bangalore-based Deccan Aviation Ltd, which runs budget carrier Simplifly Deccan, said it plans to replace seven A-320 aircraft with new ones from October 2009. “We will be phasing out our old fleet,” Anand Ramchandran, vice-president of finance of the company earlier called Air Deccan, told IANS.

The carrier, which connects 63 cities and towns, recently returned its ATR 42 series of turboprop planes and replaced them with the ATR 72 series.

The aircraft has a fleet of 43, which includes 20 Airbus A-320s and 23 turboprops.

“Over the years, these aircraft have aged, requiring increased downtime for maintenance, which has hit our punctuality. We have decided to replace the ageing fleet in a phased manner,” Ramchandran said.

He said these aircrafts would be returned to leasing companies.

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