SP's Airbuz - - Newsbrief -

Low-cost car­rier IndiGo has placed a firm or­der for 300 A320­neo fam­ily air­craft. The or­der con­sists of the A320­neo, A321­neo and the new long range A321 XLR. The air­line al­ready op­er­ates the A320­neo and the A321­neo. The or­der is val­ued at around $33 bil­lion at cur­rent list prices and will bring IndiGo’s to­tal num­ber of A320­neo or­ders to 730. The an­nounce­ment was made days af­ter IndiGo an­nounced its big­gest quar­terly loss, which showed the air­line be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged by the prob­lems sur­round­ing its cur­rent A320­neo fleet. The no­table fea­ture in the new or­der is the A321XLR, the re­cently launched long-range jet will put a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of new des­ti­na­tions within the air­line’s range, es­pe­cially in Europe. The A321 XLR could even be used to fly non-stop from Delhi to

Lon­don. How­ever, it is very un­likely that IndiGo would go down that route. Un­til the air­line de­cides on a wide body strat­egy, the A321 XLR will be a strong mid­dle ground for it to ex­pand its op­er­a­tions on in­ter­na­tional routes.

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