IndiGo, India’s largest airline by passenger numbers, has taken delivery of its first A320neo. The delivery makes IndiGo the second A320neo operator worldwide following Lufthansa. So far, IndiGo is set to become the new airliner’s biggest customer.
“The A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to offer affordable air transportation and a new flying experience for our customers. The fuel efficient aircraft will be part of a new phase of our growth and will enable us to offer more regional and international destinations at the best price,” said Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo.
IndiGo is one of Airbus’ biggest A320 family customers having ordered 530 aircraft in total. These include 430 A320neo from orders placed in 2015 (250 A320neo) and 2011 (180 A320neo). IndiGo also placed an order in 2005 for 100 previous version A320s which have all been delivered.
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.
India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo, is planning to buy a whopping 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airliners co-founders Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia signed the so-called Memorandum of Understanding on 15 October 2014.
IndiGo has previously placed orders for 280 Airbus aircraft (100 A320ceo and 180 A320neo).
The A320neo – or “new engine option” includes large Sharklet wing-tip devices that together might give a 15 percent savings on fuel costs compared to older aircraft. The A320 Family has now accumulated 11,000 orders. Over 6,200 aircraft have been delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.