Airbus Closes Gap on Boeing with Record Order from IndiGo for 250 A320neo Jets
Airbus has secured a record-breaking order from Indian airline IndiGo of 250 A320neo aircrafts which sees the company re-ignite the annual order race with Boeing.
It is believed that this order represents Airbus’s single-biggest in terms of number of aircrafts purchased, adding to the 791 net orders posted in the first nine months of 2014.
Boeing posted 1,106 orders in the same period, but the news from its closest rival looks to have considerably closed the gap with less than three months of the year left to go.
Airbus’s Chief Operating Officer John Leahy told Reuters that the company is on track for 1,400 orders by year end.
IndiGo is India's largest domestic airline and operates 540 flights daily across India, having already transported 80 million passengers to date.
This latest order represents the strength of the country’s economic growth, and involves replacing previous orders of older Airbus models with the newer A320neo. The engine to be used is yet to be announced.
Leahy also told Reuters that Chinese airlines had expressed interest in Airbus’s A330. This includes a regional version and a long-haul version, as well as the new A330neo model. The company is looking to open a cabin completion plant in country, signalling its intent to enter what is certainly a lucrative market.
See below a video of the new A330neo.
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