India’s largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo, has celebrated its ninth birthday by firming up their last year’s commitment and ordering 250 A320neo aircraft from Airbus.
The purchase agreement was signed on the 69th Independence Day of India.
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 additional fuel efficient A320neo aircraft will enable us to continue to bring our low fares and courteous, hassle free service to more customers and markets and will create more job opportunities and growth.
“The IndiGo team is even more energised and excited than ever before to herald this new phase of our growth for many years to come.”
IndiGo 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 this latest announcement, IndiGo has ordered 530 A320 Family aircraft with Airbus.
“It fills us with pride that IndiGo, India’s largest airline and one of the early launch customers for the A320neo, is coming back for more of our benchmark aircraft.
“This order confirms the A320 Family as the airliner of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets.
“We thank IndiGo and its co-founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia for their tremendous vote of confidence,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, customers.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with over 11,800 orders to date and more than 6,600 aircraft delivered to 400 customers and operators worldwide.
With this order the A320neo order backlog is catapulted to over 4,100 aircraft.