Airbus claims largest airliner order in history as IndiGo commits to 180 A320s
India's largest low-cost carrier, IndiGo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 180 Airbus A320 aircraft of which 150 will be A320neo’s and 30 will be A320s.
According to Airbus, this MOU signals the largest single firm order number for large jets in commercial aviation history, and also makes IndiGo a launch customer for the A320neo. Engine selection will be announced by the airline 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.”
The A320neo will have over 95% airframe commonality with the A320 Family whilst offering up to 500nm (950 km) more range or two tonnes more payload.