IndiGo, India’s largest carrier by market share and number of aircraft, is reportedly working on another mega deal for a future order. The airline, which is one of Airbus’ biggest customers, already has ordered 830 aircraft from Airbus, out of which they have over 500 pending delivery for now.
Airbus is negotiating another deal with IndiGo.
While IndiGo already has 500 jets waiting for delivery from Airbus, including A320/321neo jets and the XLR version, IndiGo and Airbus are reportedly now speaking to closing another 500 aircraft orders soon. If signed, the order will quickly replace the 470 aircraft order announced by Air India across Boeing and Airbus in February 2023 as the most significant order placed by a single airline.
Reuters first reported that talks were ongoing towards closing the deal from the sidelines of the IATA AGM 2023, which is being held in Istanbul this year. Since Airbus slots are already sold out till 2030, this could be a futuristic order intending to block out available inventory in the next decade. Airlines typically pay very little to order an aircraft, with most of the payments coming up towards the delivery phase. With all the aircraft shortages, it is wise to lock down purchases for the next decade before other airlines can even consider it.
IndiGo is also working towards a separate order of up to 25 widebody aircraft and talking to Airbus (for the A330neo) and Boeing (for the 787), but this race is still wide open.
IndiGo, India’s largest airline, is reportedly closing in on another mega-deal with Airbus which could be placed shortly, perhaps even at the Paris Airshow, which is coming up in June 2023. Once done, it will take the mantle from Air India for the most significant aircraft order by a single carrier. Another deal from IndiGo, however, is still on the radar for their wide bodies, and the race is still wide open.
What do you think of IndiGo’s order with Airbus? A 1000 aircraft to be delivered over a decade has a ring to it, right?
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