Posted on: 17 August 2015 by Mark Howells
IndiGo has firmed up its commitment to 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft following up the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 October 2014.
This aircraft purchase agreement marks Airbus’s single largest order by number of aircraft, and was signed on 15 August 2015, the 69th Independence Day of India. This date also marked IndiGo’s 9th birthday.
Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo, explained, “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 the carrier’s total to 280 orders with Airbus. With today’s announcement, IndiGo has ordered 530 A320 family aircraft with Airbus and boosted the OEM’s firm A320 backlog to over 4,000 aircraft.
“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,” averred John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer–customers. “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.”