Airbus has announced that it had finalised agreements with Indigo Partners and its four ‘portfolio’ ultra-low-cost airlines — Frontier Airlines (the USA), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary) — for the purchase of 430 more A320neo Family aircraft. Airlines in the Indigo Partners ‘family’ had previously placed orders for a total of 427 A320 Family aircraft. Airbus has received more than 5,800 orders from 98 different customers since launch of A320 family in 2010, capturing 60% market share.
Managing partner of Indigo, Bill Franke said: “These customer-friendly and efficient A320neo Family aircraft form a great platform for continued growth for our family of ultra-low-cost airlines,” adding that engine selections will be made at a later date.
This largest single order comprises of 274 A320neos and 156 A321neos worth $49.5 billion at list prices
John Leahy, Airbus’s chief operating officer (customers), said: “The A320neo Family offers the lowest operating costs, longest range and most spacious cabin in the single-aisle aircraft market, making the ‘neo’ a great choice for these low-cost airlines in the Americas and Europe.”