The delivery makes IndiGo, which is India’s largest airline in terms of passenger numbers, the first A320neo operator in India and in Asia. It also makes IndiGo the second customer, after Lufthansa, to take delivery of an A320neo.

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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.

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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.

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IndiGo, India’s largest carrier in terms of market share and its most consistently profitable airline, took delivery of the Sharklet-equipped new A320 on January 28, 2013. The aircraft is the 62nd new A320 delivered to the Indian carrier, which operates an all-Airbus fleet.

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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.

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Airbus says that, should IndiGo firm up the MOU, its firm order would represent the largest-ever single firm order for mainline jets in terms of aircraft numbers. Airbus values the deal at $14.2 billion.

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