IndiGo Orders Up To 100 Airbus A350s

Daniel Fowkes
26 Apr 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
Indigo has announced an order for up to 100 Airbus A350s to boost its network and formally introduce widebody aircraft

IndiGo has announced a landmark purchase of the Airbus A350 to enhance its fleet by formally and more officially introducing widebody aircraft rather than a wet lease.

The Indian carrier has selected up to 100 aircraft as part of the deal. The specifics behind the contract see 30 firm Airbus A350-900s ordered, with deliveries expected to start in 2027. IndiGo also has purchase rights for 70 additional A350 family jets. As a result, and at its discretion, the airline can move forward with these aircraft if needed under specific conditions.

IndiGo says the precise configuration of the A350 is not yet determined, and it will still be 3 years before delivery. This will come with time. However, IndiGo didn’t waste any time confirming that the aircraft would be powered by Rolls Royce XWB engines, thus beginning a new relationship with Rolls Royce.

For IndiGo, this order marks a historic moment in the airline’s history, which began in the mid-2000s. It also marks a significant new era as the airline finally looks set to stretch its wings and expand into new markets.

Today’s historic moment marks a new chapter for IndiGo and will further shape the future of the airline and for Indian aviation at the same time. For IndiGo, after successfully pioneering the Indian skies with an unprecedented journey, its fleet of 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft will allow IndiGo to embark on its next phase of becoming one of the leading global aviation players. At IndiGo, we take pride in being India’s preferred airline and for offering connectivity to our customers, in and with India. This reaffirms IndiGo’s belief in, and commitment to, the growth of India, and in our strategic partnership with Airbus.

Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo

IndiGo has long debated what aircraft to select for its upcoming widebody endeavour. The carrier signalled its intent to enter the widebody space many years ago with aircraft such as the A330neo and 787 floated around as prospective options.

Eventually, IndiGo would stick with what it has become so familiar with, that being Airbus-produced jets. However, it would upscale to a larger aircraft type than initially thought.

The order for the Airbus A350s comes less than a year after the company’s historic order for Airbus aircraft that signalled the carrier’s long-term intent. Labelled the largest single-aisle aircraft order by any airline ever, 500 aircraft were selected.

When paired with the existing order book for the A320 family, this huge order brought the total to almost 1,000 aircraft. Alongside this figure, the significant drawn-out delivery process is more than present, with deliveries to occur well into the 2030s.

Like Air India, IndiGo has ambitious growth plans and believes it can build on its success to reach new markets with widebodies. India wants to be on the world stage for aviation by 2030 and to achieve this and meet population growth, thousands of new planes are needed.

Once delivered, the Airbus A350s will not only provide further capacity options for the carrier on in-demand routes but also open up a realm of new locations within reach.

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