Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo has firmed up commitments for 250 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. It is the largest order, in terms of number of aircraft, Airbus has ever won in a single contract. The order is valued at $26.55 billion at list prices.
The new order is the latest major tranche of aircraft for IndiGo, already one of the largest users of Airbus’s products. IndoGo placed an initial order for 100 A320s in 2005, which have all been delivered. It ordered 180 A320neos in 2011. The latest order will bring IndiGo’s total order for the European single-aisle aircraft to 530 aircraft.
“This new order further reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas,” IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said. “The additional fuel efficient A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to bring our low fares…to more customers and markets and will create more job opportunities and growth.”
The Indian carrier’s success has attracted the attention of Middle East major, Qatar Airways.
The A320 family has now taken more than 11,800 orders to date, with more than 6,600 delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.
IndiGo’s order takes the A320neo order backlog to more than 4100 aircraft.
(Alan Dron - ATWOnline News)