BUSINESS India's IndiGo orders record 300 Airbus A320neo family planes

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India's IndiGo orders record 300 Airbus A320neo family planes

Xinhua

01:16, October 30, 2019

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A worker guides an Airbus A320-neo aircraft parking on the tarmac in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, Feb. 16, 2017. (File photo: Xinhua)

PARIS, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- India's largest low-cost airline, IndiGo, has placed an order for 300 A320neo family aircraft, making it one of Airbus' largest orders from a single carrier, the France-based European planemaker announced on Tuesday.

The new order, which comprises a mix of A320neo, A321neo and A321XLR aircraft, brought IndiGo's total A320neo family aircraft orders to 730.

"IndiGo has brilliantly demonstrated the relevance of the A320neo for leading low-cost operators, and the A321neo -- and now the A321XLR -- provide our operators with the logical next step in cost efficiency, passenger comfort and market coverage," said Christian Scherer, Airbus' chief commercial officer.

According to Riyaz Peermohamed, IndiGo's chief aircraft acquisition and financing officer, "the fuel-efficient A320neo family aircraft will allow IndiGo to maintain its strong focus on lowering operating costs and delivering fuel efficiency with high standards of reliability."

The A320neo family, including the new A319, A320 and A321 models, was launched in late 2010 and is Airbus' latest innovative product. The combination of wingtip devices known as Sharklets and new engine choices can reduce fuel burn by up to 15 percent compared to a traditional design, Airbus stated.

By the end of September 2019, 6,650 orders from about 110 customers worldwide had been placed for A320neo family aircraft.


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