India’s largest low-cost carrier IndiGo has firmed up a huge order for 180 Airbus single-aisle aircraft.
The firming of the order for 150 A320neos and 30 A320s, announced at the Paris Airshow on June 22, follows the memorandum of understanding the carrier signed in January.
Airbus says the order makes IndiGo one of the A320neo launch customers and says the airline will announce its engine selection at a later date.
IndiGo’s June 22, 2011 order for 180 aircraft is on top of a firm order for 100 A320s the airline placed in June 2005. To date, 44 aircraft have been delivered from the 2005 order.
“Our order with Airbus will further establish IndiGo as a leading carrier in the Indian market, and one that continues to offer low fares and high service. Our existing order for 100 A320s and the order announced today will help meet India’s growing flying market, in the most cost efficient and environmentally responsible way possible,” says Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo’s president.
“This record order for our A320neo will enable IndiGo to achieve the maximum benefit from India’s projected strong passenger traffic growth over the coming years. Today’s agreement is a clear endorsement of our A320neo and we thank [IndiGo’s top executives] Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia for their confidence and commitment to Airbus,” says Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.
The Airbus A320neo, available from 2015, incorporates new, more efficient PurePower PW11100G or CFM LEAP-X1A engines and large wingtip devices called sharklets.
Airbus says that these enhancements will deliver combined fuel savings of 15 per cent compared with a standard A320, which is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel per aircraft per year, or the consumption of 1,000 mid-sized cars. This saves 3,600 tonnes of CO2 annually per aircraft.
In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit-percentage reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise, according to Airbus.
As of June 22, 2011, firm orders and MOU commitments for Airbus A320neo-family jets had reached 757 aircraft, just six months after Airbus launched the program in December 2010.