June 25, 2024
Aviation Markets

Indigo Orders 30 Airbus A350-900 Aircraft

In Keeping With Long-Haul Ambitions

In a significant move to increase its international presence, IndiGo, India’s largest airline, has finalised a firm order for 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

This strategic acquisition underscores IndiGo’s determination to expand its global footprint. It presents a significant opportunity to enhance its operational efficiency and cater to the growing demand for long-haul travel by Indians.

IndiGo’s choosing of the the Airbus A350, renowned for its efficiency and range, aligns with India’s growing aviation landscape.

With the Asian nation poised for an upsurge in international travel amidst economic growth and rising household incomes, the A350 is the ideal solution to fulfil India’s aspirations for seamless long-range connectivity.

Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo, said: “This landmark moment signals a new era for IndiGo, which holds tremendous promise for the airline and the Indian aviation sector.

“By adding 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft to our fleet, IndiGo is poised to elevate its stature as a prominent global aviation player. As India’s preferred airline, we are committed to fostering connectivity within and beyond India’s borders. This reaffirms our steadfast belief in India’s growth trajectory and our enduring partnership with Airbus.”

Strong Bond

The agreement marks a significant milestone in the longstanding collaboration between IndiGo and Airbus, further strengthening their bond.

Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Airbus EVP Sales, Commercial Aircraft, expressed gratitude to IndiGo for their continued trust in Airbus.

He noted that IndiGo’s inaugural order for widebody aircraft heralds an exciting new phase in their partnership. He also highlighted the transformative impact of Airbus’ A320 range in revolutionising domestic air travel in India, with the A350 poised to replicate this success on long-haul routes.

With a legacy of over 50 years of partnership with India, Airbus has not only played a pivotal role in propelling the country’s civil aviation sector forward but also in shaping the future of Indian carriers in the international market.

At Home In India

While the A320 range has democratised air travel within India, the A350 is primed to unlock Indian carriers’ full potential in the international market, further strengthening the bond between Airbus and India’s aviation sector.

The Airbus A350 is a paragon of modernity and efficiency in the wide-body aircraft segment, boasting state-of-the-art technologies and aerodynamics. Its innovative design, coupled with next-generation engines and lightweight materials, delivers unmatched levels of fuel efficiency, operational cost savings, and reduced carbon emissions compared to its predecessors.

IndiGo’s ascendancy as one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, coupled with its status as one of Airbus’ largest A320 range customers, underscores the significance of this latest development.

As the airline boldly charts its course towards long-haul operations with the acquisition of the Airbus A350 fleet, it not only signals a bold stride towards realising its global aspirations but also cements its position as a forward-thinking industry leader.

Featured image: Rendering of an Airbus A350-900 aircraft in IndiGo livery. Image: Airbus

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