IndiGo orders 180 French Airbus, largest in history

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  1. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    IndiGo orders 180 airplanes; sets a record in commercial aviation history

    MUMBAI: Low-cost carrier IndiGo has placed firm orders for 180 Airbus 320 aircraft at an estimated cost of $ 15.6 billion. The order is the single largest for jets, in terms of volume, to be ever placed in the commercial aviation history.

    It is not the first time that IndiGo has placed a brow-raising order though. The Gurgaon-based private carrier created ripples in the 2005 Paris airshow with an announcement to buy 100 A320s. Currently, the airline flies 34 A320s to 25 domestic destinations and plans to go international by August this year.

    The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 180 eco-efficient Airbus A320 aircraft of which 150 will be A320 NEO, said an Airbus spokesperson adding that the order was the largest in history. The A320 New Engine Option or NEO runs more efficient engines will be available from 2016 onwards. The aircraft has specially designed wing tips -- called Sharklets by Airbus -- that will reduce the aerodynamic drag which develops at the wingtips of a moving aircraft in the form of vortices. Sharklets will lad to fuel savings of up to 15 percent, which is up to 3,600 tonnes of CO2 annually per aircraft, says Airbus. The Neo will also provide a double-digit reduction in nitrogen oxides and will have a reduced engine noise.

    "This order for industry leading fuel efficient aircraft will allow IndiGo to continue to offer low fares," said Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, co-founders of IndiGo. "Ordering more A320s was the natural choice to meet India's growing flying needs. The opportunity to reduce costs and to further improve our environmental performance through the A320neo were key to our decision." John Leahy, Airbus, Chief Operating Officer Customers said: ``The A320 NEO, offering maximum benefit for minimum change, will ensure that this continues to be the case for many years to come. This order positions IndiGo to take full advantage of the predicted growth in Indian air travel." The A320NEO will have over 95% airframe commonality with the A320 family while offering up to 500nm (950 km) more range or two tonnes more payload.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...cial-aviation-history/articleshow/7267934.cms
     
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  3. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    This is a tragedy guys Indian govt has not been able to capitalise on such a huge deal we could have emulated the chinese atleast try to get transfer of technology and production to India.
    Too bad this did not happen jobs would be created there not in India
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    At the very least India should get assembly. Total failure of GoI to capitalise on it, instead sends all the work to Toulouse.
     
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    I really wonder what they will do with over 200 A320s? That is a lot of planes for just Indian market. And this plane won't be useful for long distance international routes.
     
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    ^^^^^ They are going International from August!!
     
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    IndiGo is going international
     
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    its gonna take looooooooooooooooooooooooong time for complete delivery of all planes
     
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    we could not squeeze an AESA radar out of this deal???
     
  10. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    How? This is a civil deal.
     
  11. in times of war it can serve the army better as it can air lift l more double the number of soldiers who can be air lifted to ladakh,arunachal,sikkim and other conflict prone areas than the number which can be airlifted by our present iaf transport fleet.the a-320 has a maximum range of about 5600 km,and carry about 210 passenger.if the rta-70 would have been operational today then the order would have definately gone to it though i am not sure how many years would HAL have taken to complete the order.
     
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    that's good for indian aviation. i think airbus is now booked for 10 years only to deliver planes to india.
     

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