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IndiGo Strikes Historic Deal With Airbus, Outstripping Boeing With Record 500-Jet Order
IndiGo, India's leading airline, has broken records with a massive deal for 500 A320-family jets from Airbus, surpassing Air India's previous record of 470. This deal not only propels Airbus ahead of its rival, Boeing, but it also solidifies IndiGo's position as a powerhouse in India's rapidly growing aviation market.
The France-based Airbus is also competing with Boeing to sell 25 widebody jets—either 787 Dreamliners or A330s, to IndiGo to aid its long-haul and widebody aspirations. IndiGo, India's largest carrier, is already a major Airbus customer with 830 on order, with around 500 of those still yet to be delivered.
With a share of 6%, India has the second-largest order book, only behind the United States. The Indian aviation market may become fully saturated or a powerhouse once the ordered aircraft eventually take to the skies, with Tata's Air India already garnering attention for its record contract to buy up to 470 aircraft. 80% of the domestic aviation market in India is dominated by IndiGo and Air India.
IndiGo is expanding internationally to six Asian and African locations. In late July or early August, the airline will offer direct flights from Mumbai to Jakarta, Indonesia, connecting Nairobi, Kenya, and that city. Delhi will also have connections to Baku, Azerbaijan, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in September, as well as Almaty, Kazakhstan, in August.
To meet the growing international travel demand to and from India, IndiGo will also add 174 additional weekly international flights between June and September of this year, which will include new itineraries, destinations, and frequencies.
In August, IndiGo will start daily service from Delhi to Hong Kong, enhancing passenger travel alternatives. This trip was halted three years ago when Covid19 struck.
Meanwhile, Qantas is completely overhauling its domestic fleet with Airbus planes, which include 20 A321XLR aircraft and 20 A220-300s. A bigger, more comfortable, and more flexible aircraft than the Boeing 717s it would replace.
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