Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a group of airlines under which the company will deliver 430 new aircraft. The commitment, announced at the Dubai Airshow, comprises 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos worth a combined $49.5 billion at list prices.
Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines committed to increase previously announced orders to service its global family of carriers, including Wizz Air, Volaris, JetSMART, and Frontier.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy said the company was pleased to receive such a large order from a customer who knows the products so well.
“Indigo Partners have been a tremendous customer and supporter of the Airbus single-aisle fleet for many years,” Mr. Leahy said. “An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable, but it’s particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do. We are proud to augment their airline fleets in Latin America, North America and Europe with the single-aisle aircraft that offers the lowest operating costs, longest range and most spacious cabin: the A320neo Family.”
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver 20 percent fuel savings by 2020. With more than 5,200 orders received from 95 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent market share.
Aircraft manufactured for the U.S.-based carrier Frontier were already scheduled to begin flowing from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile in 2018. The commitment announced in Dubai will increase the number of aircraft to be built and delivered from Mobile, and will lead to the creation of more than 5,000 new U.S.-based jobs at the airline, according to Frontier.
“This is great news for Airbus! It’s even better when we know some of these aircraft destined for Frontier Airlines will be made right here in Mobile.”
– Vice President and General Manager of the Airbus US Manufacturing Facility Daryl Taylor