In biggest ever deal, IndiGo places order for 500 aircraft with Airbus

The deliveries of A320 and A321 aircraft will be made by European aircraft major Airbus between 2030-35 with engines to be selected in due course

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New Delhi: India’s low-cost airline, IndiGo on Monday said it has placed order for 500 Airbus A320 family aircraft from European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, with deliveries expected between 2030-35.

The agreement to this effect was signed by IndiGo and the Airbus on Monday at the Paris Air Show 2023 in the presence of IndiGo board chairman Venkataramani Sumantran, IndiGo CEO Peiter Elbers, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and Airbus chief commercial officer and International head Christian Scheer.

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With this, the order list of this airline has increased to around 1000 aircraft. The airline has said that this will ensure a solid system of supply of new aircraft for its fleet between 2030-35. The order for 500 aircraft is not only IndiGo’s largest order, but also the largest one-time deal by any airline with Airbus, the company said.

IndiGo, which started its commercial operation in 2006, has said that the engines for this order will be selected in due course and hence will be an exact mix of A320 and A321 aircraft.

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According to the statement, “IndiGo currently operates more than 300 aircraft and has already placed orders for a total of 480 aircraft with deliveries to be made between now and 2030. With this additional firm order of 500 aircraft for 2030-2035, IndiGo’s order-book has grown to nearly 1,000 aircraft.

IndiGo CEO Peiter Elbers said, “The importance of IndiGo’s new historic order for the purchase of 500 Airbus A320 family aircraft is understated. An orderbook of nearly 1,000 aircraft over the next decade will now enable IndiGo to fulfill its mission of promoting economic growth, social cohesion and mobility in India.”

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