Airbus’ largest A320 customer, Indigo, is to proceed with its aircraft orders and fleet plans despite the severe economic impact that the coronavirus crisis has had on the Indian airline and its peers.
Chief executive Ronojoy Dutta said on an investors call that IndiGo still plans to replace its entire fleet of 120 jets for newer, more efficient A320neo’s.
“Almost all or close to all” of those aircraft will be replaced by new jets, Dutta said, after IndiGo reported its fourth-quarter earnings.
He added: “We are in active discussions with Airbus -- we will take a large number… It will all depend on the revenue picture and the pricing we get and so forth, but we will take a large number.”
In October IndiGo placed one of the largest-ever Airbus orders for a single airline operator. It signed a firm order for 300 A320neos, comprised of a mix of A320s, A321s and A321XLR aircraft. The deal took IndiGo’s total number of A320neo aircraft orders to 730.
IndiGo is one of just a handful of airlines to be ploughing ahead with pre-Covid-19 growth plans.
The CEO of European low-cost carrier Wizz Air revealed this week that the airline is in fact expanding its original plans to launch in the Middle East market.
You can read our interview with Wizz Air CEO József Váradi HERE.