Indian airline IndiGo has placed the biggest single order for aircraft with Airbus ever worth an estimated £17 billion.
The order with the European manufacturer for 250 A320neo jets is for the largest number of aircraft in the firm’s history.
Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo, said: “This new order further reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas.”
John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, said: “It fills us with pride that IndiGo, India’s largest airline and one of the early launch customers for the A320neo, is coming back for more of our benchmark aircraft.
“This order confirms the A320 family as the airliner of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets.”
The order by the Indian low-cost carrier is a boost for jobs in the UK where the wings of the aircraft are manufactured.
IndiGo was founded in 2006 and is the country’s largest carrier by market share as India’s aviation sector is forecast to become the world’s third largest by 2031.
The new order will be delivered between 2018 and 2026 and makes IndiGo the largest customer for the A320.
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