IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline in terms of market share, has celebrated the ninth anniversary of its service launch by firming a 2014 commitment for 250 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft into a purchase contract.
The IndiGo order, which is the largest in Airbus’ history in terms of the number of aircraft involved, was signed on August 15, on the 69th anniversary of India’s becoming an independent nation.
IndiGo first ordered Airbus A320-family jets when it placed an order in 2005 for 100 A320s, all of which have now been delivered.
In 2011 IndiGo became the first Indian operator to commit to the A320neo, ordering 180.
Airbus’ announcement on August 17 of IndiGo’s latest order means the Indian carrier now has ordered a total of 530 A320-family aircraft directly from Airbus, 430 of which will be A320neos.
“This new order further 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 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,” adds Ghosh.
Indigo’s latest order brings the A320neo order backlog to more than 4,100 aircraft and should mean that total sales of A320-family jets have now surpassed 12,000 aircraft.
Airbus has delivered more than 6,600 A320-family jets, to 400 customers and operators worldwide.