IndiGo of India thinks there room to grow in the aviation market, with the airline placing an order for 300 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.
The order is one of the largest received by Airbus from a since airline.
The exact mix of the order has not been disclosed, but it will be made up of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft.
This order will take IndiGo’s total number of A320neo Family aircraft to 730 frames.
Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer of IndiGo said
“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,”
Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer said
“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.”
An interesting mix – but numbers will be everything…
IndiGo’s fleet is primarily Airbus A320 family-based (with a few ATR72-600s on the side). Currently, they have 128 A320, 97 A320neo and 7 A321neo aircraft in their fleet.
And the airline sees growth both regionally and beyond with the addition of the A321XLR to the order book (because you’re not buying the A321XLR to do short-range hops – you have serious international expansion on your mind).
The question of course with this order will be the splits – do they choose to use some of this pool to swap out older A320 aircraft, do they choose to up-scale them to A321… and how many A321XLR aircraft do they actually need?
The splits will be interesting to see (along with the engine decision) – both of which will be announced much further down the line.
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