LONDON – The Dubai Air Show gets off to a big start with Indigo Partners placing a colossal order for 255 additional Airbus A321neo family aircraft.
This brings Indigo’s total order book to a remarkable 1,145 A320 Family aircraft.
The breakdown of this mammoth order is as follows:
- Wizz Air: 102 aircraft (75 A321neo + 27 A321XLR)
- Frontier: 91 aircraft (A321neo)
- Volaris: 39 aircraft (A321neo)
- JetSMART: 23 aircraft (21 A321neo + 2 A321XLR)
In addition to this order, Volaris and JetSMART will upconvert 38 A320neos to A321neos from their existing aircraft backlogs.
Commenting on the news was Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners:
“This order reaffirms our portfolio airlines’ commitment to consistent growth through the next decade. The Airbus A321neo and A321XLR have industry-leading efficiency, low unit costs, and a substantially reduced carbon footprint relative to prior models.”
“With these aircraft, Wizz, Frontier, Volaris and JetSMART will continue to offer low fares, stimulate the markets they serve and improve their industry-leading sustainability profile”.
Also commenting on the news was Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer who emphasized happiness over expanding this partnership:
“ We are happy to further expand our relationship with our great Indigo Partners’ airlines Wizz, Frontier, Volaris, and JetSMART who have acted fast and decisively over the last few months to position themselves for this landmark order as the effect of the pandemic recedes and the world wants more sustainable flying”.
This order doesn’t just reaffirm strength for the A321 family, but for the XLR as 30 of the 255 ordered are that variant, which is going to solidify the backlog even further going into the next decade.