Following the blockbuster order from Akasa Air yesterday for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, this means that a staggering 1,120 aircraft have been ordered in India in the last 12 months.
Such a figure spans across orders made by IndiGo, Air India and now Akasa Air once again, with the recent order being an addition to the 72 initially ordered when they announced intentions to start operations.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
1,120 Aircraft Ordered in India in The Last 12 Months…
As per the Deccan Herald, the Akasa Air order from yesterday now means that 1,120 aircraft have been ordered for India-based carriers in the last 12 months.
Airlines in the country have been extremely busy setting up their expansion plans for the years ahead.
The first of the three orders came from Air India back in February 2023, when Air India placed an incredible firm order for up to 470 aircraft.
This consisted of the following at the time:
- 140 Airbus A320neos.
- 70 A321neos
- 34 A350-1000s.
- 6 A350-900s (Now changed since to a 50/50 split between the -900 & -1000).
- 190 Boeing 737 MAXs.
- 20 787-9 Dreamliners.
- 10 777Xs.
A few months after that, during the Paris Air Show, IndiGo decided to take things one step further, with an order for 500 Airbus A320 Family aircraft.
This order, including their existing backlog from previous orders total 1,330 Airbus A320 family aircraft that IndiGo has agreed with the European manufacturer.
Finally, you have the Akasa Air order from yesterday for 150 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing.
One thing to note with the Air India order is that they also have purchase rights for another 370 aircraft on top of the 470 firm, so in retrospect, the figure could be higher than 1,120 if all of them are exercising, resulting in a grand total of 1,490 jets.
One thing is clear: Aviation in the country is growing at a very fast rate, and these airlines will form a major foundation in facilitating that.
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