Paris Air Show Recap Day 1: Airbus’ Historical Day

Paris Air Show: Airbus Confirms Attendance of A321XLR
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Starting with a bang at the 54th Paris Air Show in 2023, Airbus hits the ground running with over 500 aircraft orders!

This article will dive into the details surrounding Airbus’ historical first day at the Paris Air Show 2023 and what they day was like.

Airbus’ Historical Paris Air Show 2023 First Day

An IndiGo Airbus A321neo is towed by a tug.
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Coming back with a bang after their slow Farnborough Air Show in 2022, Airbus hits the ground running steaming into the lead with aircraft over 500 aircraft orders on day one.

Airbus & IndiGo Historical Blockbuster Order:

Starting things off, Airbus today signed a historical commercial aviation agreement with Indian carrier, IndiGo for a whopping 500 firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft orders.

This new order, including their existing backlog from previous orders total 1,330 Airbus A320 family aircraft that IndiGo has agreed with the European manufacturer.

These 500 aircraft are pinned for delivery from 2030 onwards, securing IndiGo’s fleet for the next decade. However, IndiGo have mentioned that they have not yet made a decision as to how many of these 500 will end up being either Airbus A320neo’s or A321neo’s.

Commenting on this historical moment for not just Airbus, but for IndiGo as well, IndiGo’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Elbers, says, “It is difficult to overstate the significance of IndiGo’s new historic order for 500 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. An order book now of almost 1000 aircraft well into the next decade, enables IndiGo to fulfil its mission to continue to boost economic growth, social cohesion and mobility in India.”

“At IndiGo, we take pride in being India’s preferred airline for connectivity in and with India; and by doing so, being one of the leading airlines in the world. This order strongly reaffirms IndiGo’s belief in the growth of India, in the A320 Family and in our strategic partnership with Airbus.”

Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, also says, “This landmark order marks a new chapter in Airbus and IndiGo’s relationship that is democratising affordable air travel for millions of people in the world’s fastest growing aviation market.”

“It is also a resounding endorsement of the A320 Family’s best-in-class operating economics that have been powering IndiGo’s growth for almost two decades. We cherish our long-standing relationship with IndiGo and are proud of our success together.”

“We look forward to contributing to the growth of India’s air connectivity in its domestic network and into international markets through the expansion of this formidable partnership.”

Air Mauritius Orders Additional A350s:

During the Paris Air Show 2023, Airbus has also secured an order with Mauritius flag carrier, Air Mauritius for three additional Airbus A350s which will enable the carrier to further expand its European and South Asia services.

Alongside Air Mauritius’ existing four Airbus A350s, this new order will bring their fleet to a total of seven A350 frames, alongside their four Airbus A330s, two Airbus A330-200s and two Airbus A330-900neo’s.

Commenting on their new A350 order, Air Mauritius’ Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kresimir Kucko, says, “Air Mauritius is proud to renew its confidence in Airbus and its products, continuing a three-decade long partnership.”

“The additional A350-900 aircraft will help us strengthen our European network and secure further growth in other markets. We are looking forward to achieving our ambition objectives together with Airbus.”

Adding to Mr Kresimir Kucko’s comments, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, says, “We compliment Air Mauritius on putting the A350 at the heart of its long-haul fleet modernisation programme.”

“With greater range capability, better economics, passenger capacity and comfort, the A350 is the perfect platform to connect the beautiful island of Mauritius to the world.”

flynas Firms 30 more A320neo Family Aircraft:

Finally, closing their historical first day at the Paris Air Show 2023, Airbus has signed a new deal with Saudi carrier, flynas, for 30 additional Airbus A320neo Family aircraft.

This additional 30 frames will bring flynas’ orders with Airbus to a total of 120 Airbus A320neo’s including 10 A321XLR’s.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of flynas, Bander Almohanna, comments on the carriers newest order, saying, “As we continue to grow receiving several awards for excellence in operations and customer services and invest in our offering, we are delighted to confirm our latest order with Airbus.”

“The A320neo Family brings unmatched benefits to our passengers, offering exceptional operational performance and environmental benefits, while helping us provide unique travel experiences at low-cost.”

Adding to Bander Almohanna’s comments, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, adds, “Unbeatable economics, longer range capability and the most spacious single aisle cabin have made the A320neo Family the preferred choice of airlines worldwide.”

“That includes in the low cost sector, where carriers operate in especially competitive environments. We look forward to working with flynas as it develops its future fleet and presence in the fast-growing Saudi market.”


Airbus has had a historical and strong start to their Paris Air Show 2023 with orders for a total of 533 aircraft, broken down as 530 narrowbodies in their Airbus A320neo Family and three widebodies for their Airbus A350.

Lets see what day two of the Paris Air Show 2023 will bring for the European manufacturer.

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