Europe’s Airbus announced a record order from low-cost carrier IndiGo for 500 jets on the opening day of the Paris Airshow on Monday.
IndiGo has placed an extraordinary order for 500 A320 airliners from Airbus, the prominent European aircraft manufacturer. This deal, hailed as historic by IndiGo chief Pieter Elbers, stands as the largest ever civil aviation order, marking a significant milestone for both companies.
Valued at multibillion dollars, this narrowbody deal breaks records in terms of the sheer number of aircraft involved, surpassing Air India’s provisional purchase of 470 jets earlier this year.
With India’s two largest carriers anticipating a substantial surge in regional travel demand, this colossal order positions IndiGo and Air India for considerable expansion.
Despite already possessing over 300 aircraft and having pending orders for an additional 480 planes scheduled for delivery by the end of the decade, IndiGo has secured yet another firm order for 500 aircraft. As a result, the carrier’s order book now boasts nearly 1,000 aircraft that will be delivered well into the next decade.
This contract further solidifies IndiGo’s position as Airbus’ largest customer for the A320 family, as the airline strategically meets the surging demand within India.
The delivery of these aircraft is expected to take place between 2030 and 2035, allowing IndiGo to plan for future growth and fleet modernization. Since its establishment in 2006, IndiGo has already placed an impressive order of 1,330 aircraft with Airbus, as mentioned in a statement issued by the airline.