Indian airline IndiGo and its two co-founders, former US Airways CEO Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, group managing director of InterGlobe, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 250 firm A320neo-family aircraft.
It placed its first 100-aircraft order for Airbus A320 jets in 2005 and will take delivery of the last of those 100 aircraft within the next few months, according to MRO Network News.
Currently India’s largest domestic airline in terms of market share, IndiGo had already previously placed firm orders for 280 Airbus A320-family aircraft, 100 of them A320ceo jets and 180 A320neos.
Of those 180 Airbus A320neo jets, 30 were originally meant to be current-generation A320s, and to add some of the interim capacity which those 30 aircraft originally were meant to represent, IndiGo agreed last week agreed to lease 12 A320s from Tiger Airways, according to MRO Network News.
When finalized into a firm order, the latest IndiGo MOU will become Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft, according to the manufacturer.
IndiGo has previously expressed an ambition to become a 1,000-aircraft airline, according to MRO Network News.
“This new order reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas,” says Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo.
“The additional 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,” adds Ghosh. “The IndiGo team is energized and excited to herald this new phase of our growth.”
To date, Airbus has won firm orders for more than 11,000 A320-family aircraft and has delivered more than 6,200 to 400 customers and operators worldwide.
The Airbus A320 family has the widest passenger cabin in the single-aisle aircraft segment and offers 18-inch-wide economy seats as standard fit, each seat being approximately half an inch wider than the standard economy seat in all Boeing 737 jets.