IndiGo signs for 300 A320neo family aircraft
Airbus received one of its largest ever aircraft orders from a single airline operator with India’s IndiGo placing a firm order for 300 A320neo Family aircraft. This newest IndiGo order includes a mix of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft. It will take IndiGo’s total number of A320neo Family aircraft orders to 730 as the world’s biggest A320neo customer.
“This order is an important milestone, as it reiterates our mission of strengthening air connectivity in India, which will in turn boost economic growth and mobility,” said Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo. “India is expected to continue with its strong aviation growth and we are well on our way to build the world’s best air transportation system, to serve more customers and deliver on our promise of providing low fares and a courteous, hassle-free experience to them.”
Riyaz Peermohamed, chief aircraft acquisition and financing officer of IndiGo noted the choice of engine manufacturer for this order will be made at a later date. Airbus notes IndiGo is among the fastest growing carriers in the world. Since its first A320neo aircraft was delivered in March 2016, its fleet of A320neo Family aircraft has grown into the world’s largest with 97 A320neo aircraft, operating alongside 128 A320ceos.
“IndiGo has brilliantly demonstrated the relevance of the A320neo for leading low-cost operators, and the A321neo – and now the A321XLR – provide our operators with the logical next step in cost efficiency, passenger comfort and market coverage,” said Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer, Airbus.
Airbus describes the A321XLR as an evolutionary step from the A321LR which responds to market needs for more range and payload. The aircraft will deliver a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles, with what Airbus states to be a 30 per cent lower fuel burn per seat when compared with previous generation competitor jets.
At the end of September 2019, the A320neo Family had received more than 6,650 firm orders from nearly 110 customers worldwide.