On Sunday, Air India’s Delhi-Mumbai flight, AI 865 held the last flight by an Airbus 320 Classic aircraft, which insistence address the process for the exceptional and fuel-efficient Airbus 320 Neo.
Air India tweeted from its verified handhold acknowledging and thanking the engineers for maintaining it fit till its last operational calendar.
Having travelled 61,600 hours and carried out 38,000 landings, VT-ESL was the last of Air India’s A320 Classic fleet becoming transferred to Air India 25 years back in 1994. Pilots who have operated this kind of model of aeroplane said that unlike contemporary aircraft, this had a set of bogie wheels which is a set of four tyres making up one wheel. The first A320 was propelled open of the ultimate assembly line on 14 February 1987 and made its earliest flight on 22 February in 3 hours and 23 minutes from Toulouse (France). The first A320 was delivered to Air France on 28 March 1988.
In 1988, the price of a new A320 was $30 million, approaching $40 million by the end of the 1990s, a 30% increment lower than the inflation, it declined to $37 million after 2001, then topped to $47 million in 2008, and upheld at $40-42 million until the transition to the A320neo.
“Air India is the only carrier with that kind of landing gear in the A320 due to India’s low pavement classification number back when those A320s were ordered. In other words, more tyres distribute the load over a larger area,” a pilot connected to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) said.