IndiGo becomes first Indian carrier to have 245 planes in fleet
NEW DELHI, Oct 13: Airbus on Thursday delivered its 1,000th A320 Neo family aircraft, an A321neo, to IndiGo. The low cost carrier (LCC) now has 245 aircraft in its fleet - the biggest number ever for an Indian airline so far.
IndiGo is likely to announce induction of wide body aircraft into its fleet for using them on medium haul routes by mid-2020, according to sources.
IndiGo could look at the A330 due to commonality of fleet as it also has Airbus in its fleet. Though big airlines have both Boeing and Airbus planes in their fleet, IndiGo could also consider offering from the troubled US aerospace major that is currently trying to get the globally grounded B737 Max airborne again, sources add.
"IndiGo is the world's biggest customer for the A320neo family with orders totaling 430 aircraft. Since its first NEO was delivered in March 2016, its fleet of A320neo family has grown into the world's largest with 96 aircraft operating alongside 129 A320s. In an extremely competitive aviation market, the fuel efficient A320 family has been instrumental in IndiGo's rise to become India's largest airline by fleet size and passenger numbers," Airbus said in a statement.
IndiGo took its 245th aircraft, which is Airbus' 1,000th A320 Neo family plane, from CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. This is the first of nine Airbus A321neo aircraft IndiGo CDB will give to IndiGo as part of a purchase and leaseback transaction. CDB Aviation expects the remaining eight aircraft to be handed over by the end of January 2020.
IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said: "We are delighted to add another A321neo in our fleet as we continue to expand our domestic and international operations. The A320 family has enhanced the cost and fuel-efficiency in IndiGo's operations and will strengthen this proposition in future, as we aim to build the best air transportation system in the world. I would like to congratulate the Airbus team for delivering their 1,000th aircraft. Airbus has been our partner since IndiGo's inception and as we expand, we wish to continue this journey together, achieving more such milestones. I would also like to congratulate CDB Aviation on the delivery of this aircraft and thank them for their continued support to IndiGo." -TNN