IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline by market share, this weekend firmed up last years’s commitment for no less than 250 A320neo airliners. The deal was signed on Saturday 15 August on the 69th Independence Day of India . The order is the largest ever for Airbus and boosts the company’s firm backlog for its A320 family backlog to well beyond 4,000 aircraft
Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo said, “This new order further reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas.” The airline placed an order in 2005 for 100 A320s which have all now been delivered. In 2011 IndiGo became the first Indian operator to commit to the A320neo bringing their total to 280 Airbus aircraft. With today’s announcement, IndiGo has ordered 530 A320 family aircraft with Airbus.
The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together deliver 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.
The A320 family totals 11,800 orders to date, with more than 6,600 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.
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Featured image (top): Impression of an IndiGo A320neo. (Image © Airbus)