Industry IndiGo signs for 300 A320neo Family aircraft
Airbus and IndiGo have announced that the Indian carrier has ordered additional 300 A320neo Family aircraft.
A firm order was signed between the manufacturer and IndiGo. This order is one of the largest ever for Airbus by a single airline operator. The order comprises a mix of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft. Now, the carrier has an order logbook of 730 aircraft.
The order represents the airline´s forecast of the growth in India´s airline market. IndiGo sees huge potential for the coming years and the country´s aviation network has been growing rapidly over the past years already.
“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. 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," said Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer added: “We are delighted that IndiGo, one of our early launch customers for the A320neo, continues to build its future with Airbus, making IndiGo the world’s biggest customer for the A320neo Family [...] We are grateful for this strong vote of confidence as this order confirms the A320neo Family as the aircraft of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets [...] We are pleased to see our aircraft allowing IndiGo to take full advantage of the predicted growth in Indian air travel.”
IndiGo belongs to being one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. In March 2016, the airline received its very first A320neo aircraft. Since then, the Neo-fleet has grown to 97 airframes. IndiGo operates the world´s largest A320neo aircraft fleet alongside with 128 A320ceos.
Included in the order are A321XLR aircraft. This latest version of the popular A321neo variant was designed to fly extra long-range. With a new seating configuration and additional fuel tanks, the A321XLR is capable of flying up to 4,700 nautical miles. Simultaneously, the aircraft delivers a 30 percent lower fuel burn per seat when compared to older-generation aircraft.
IndiGo was founded in 2005 and commenced operations a year later in August 2006. Its main hub is at Delhi Indira Gandhi International and further hubs have been installed at Mumbai and Kolkata. The current fleet consists of 22 ATR 72s, 127 A320ceos, 90 A320neos and seven A321neos.
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