IndiGo firms up record Airbus order


Indian budget carrier IndiGo firmed up a record order for 180 single-aisle Airbus aircraft at the Paris Air Show yesterday.

The order includes 150 of Airbus’ revamped A320neo aircraft and 30 of its existing A320s, and it follows a memorandum of understanding signed in January, Airbus said. The deal is worth US$16.2 billion at list prices. Engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date, Airbus said.
“Our order with Airbus will further establish IndiGo as a leading carrier in the Indian market, and one that continues to offer low fares and high service. Our existing order for 100 A320s and the order announced today will help meet India’s growing flying market, in the most cost efficient and environmentally responsible way possible,” said Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo’s President.
“This record order for our A320neo will enable IndiGo to achieve the maximum benefit from India’s projected strong passenger traffic growth over the coming years. Today’s agreement is clear endorsement of our A320neo and we thank Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia for their confidence and commitment to Airbus,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.

Over 7,000 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered and more than 4,700 delivered to more than 330 customers and operators worldwide.

The A320neo, available from 2015, incorporates new more efficient engines and large wing tip devices called “Sharklets” delivering fuel savings of 15 percent, which is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel per aircraft per year, or the consumption of 1,000 mid sized cars. This saves 3,600 tonnes of CO2 annually per aircraft.