IndiGo’s deal for 300 A320neos, confirmed on Tuesday, has seen Airbus surge ahead of its main rival Boeing in terms of gross orders as the US manufacturer grapples with its Max troubles.
The Indian carrier’s deal, valued at a list price of $33 billion, was one of the largest-ever jet orders for a single airline operator and means Airbus has now doubled its order book for the year in one swoop.
US carrier Spirit Airlines placed an order for 100 Airbus A320neos last week, which will be delivered through to 2027.
Airbus’ gross orders year-to-date stand at 630, compared to Boeing’s 170.
The A320neo family is the main rival for Boeing’s 737 Max, which has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes.
Airbus is currently ahead of Boeing in terms of deliveries. It has delivered 571 so far this year compared to Boeing’s 301. Airbus aims to deliver nearly 900 aircraft this year.
IndiGo has now ordered a total of 730 A320neo aircraft. It operates the world’s largest A320 fleet – around 10% of all A320s.
Commenting on the deal, Ronojoy Dutta, CEO of IndiGo, said that the order is an “important milestone” for the company.
He said: “India is expected to continue with its strong aviation growth and we are well on our way to build the world’s best air transportation system, to serve more customers and deliver on our promise of providing low fares and a courteous, hassle free experience to them.”
Guillaume Faury, Airbus’ CEO, said: “We are grateful for this strong vote of confidence as this order confirms the A320neo Family as the aircraft of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets.
“We are pleased to see our aircraft allowing IndiGo to take full advantage of the predicted growth in Indian air travel.”