Posted on: 12 January 2011 by Ross McSweeny
IndiGo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 180 Airbus A320s of which 150 will be the new A320neo and 30 will be A320s which, while not having the new engines, will have Sharklet wingtip devices.
Once converted from MoU status, the deal will be the largest single firm order number for large jets in commercial aviation history. It will also make IndiGo a launch customer for the A320neo, though which engine the airline will take (it has IAE V2500s on its current A320s) will be announced at a later date.
“This order for industry leading fuel efficient aircraft will allow IndiGo to continue to offer low fares,” said Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, co-founders of IndiGo. “Ordering more A320s was the natural choice to meet India’s growing flying needs. The opportunity to reduce costs and to further improve our environmental performance through the A320neo were key to our decision.”
IndiGo placed an order for 100 A320s at the Paris Air Show in 2005, of which it has taken 39, with no delivery being missed desppite the global recession of recent years
Photo shows (l-r) Airbus COO–customers John Leahy, IndiGo co-founder Rakesh Gangwal, Airbus CEO Tom Enders and IndiGo co-founder Rahul Bhatia at the ceremony to sign the MoU.