On October 29, Indian airline IndiGo (6E/IGO) announced a firm order for the purchase of 300 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. The order is one of the largest Airbus orders placed by a single airline.
Ronojoy Dutta, CEO at IndiGo, stated: “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.”
The order IndiGo consists of a mix of A320neo, A321neo, and A321XLR aircraft. With ordering 300 new aircraft, the airline will now have a total of 730 A320neo family aircraft purchased from the French manufacturer.
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury stated regarding the order: ” 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.”
The airline first took delivery of the A320neo in 2016, and is now the largest operator, with 97 aircraft in service. In addition, IndiGo also operates 128 A320-200 aircraft.
“We are pleased to partner yet again with Airbus for our next batch of Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The fuel-efficient A320neo family aircraft will allow IndiGo to maintain its strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability. The choice of engine manufacturer for this order will be made at a later date”, Riyaz Peemohamed, Chief Aircraft Acquisition of IndiGo stated in the official press release.