This article has been updated
It’s been on the cards for a while, but IndiGo, India’s largest airline has placed a 300 unit order that will enable it to re-fleet from its A320ceo types into the latest Neo variants and take its total fleet to around 700 A320 family aircraft on order.
IndiGo received its first A320neo aircraft in March 2016. It signaled a major change for the airline in upgrading from its fleet of older A320ceo aircraft.
Since then, the airline has placed orders for 372 A320, including an order in 2015, for 250 A320neos. At the time, this was the single biggest order that Airbus had received from an airline.
Some of its older A320’s are nearing ten years old and that’s a place low cost carriers try and avoid. Margins are economics dependent and low fuel and maintenance costs essential to profitability.
Indian airlines are looking increasingly to routes such as London, Doha and Dubai.
Some of the order will be confirmed as A321XLR’s, Indian airlines are looking increasingly to routes such as London, Doha and Dubai. This would also open up connectivity with the Indian Ocean perimeter states, from Kenya to Tanzania and the Maldives, as well as the Middle East where some 1.5 million Indian citizens work.