Airbus celebrates ‘biggest deal’
Airbus has revealed a possible mega-order for its proposed new eco-friendly A320neo jet – a deal the European aircraft manufacturer has dubbed the largest in aviation history.
If it becomes a definite order, the commitment by Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo for 180 A320s – including 150 of the new A320neos – would have a value at list prices of $15.6 billion, according to Airbus.
Airbus said it would be the largest order in terms of number of jets in aviation history – and passengers at UK airports such as Heathrow may one day find themselves on board the plane.
The potential deal impressed industry analysts, with Barclays Capital aerospace analyst Joseph Campbell describing it as “a great win”.
He added: “It’s just where you’d think it would come from, from one of these emerging, fast-growing markets and a fast-growing airline … It’s perfect.”
IndiGo is the first known customer for the A320neo – a new version of the European aircraft maker’s workhorse jet that Airbus anticipates bringing to market in 2016.
New features include more fuel efficient engines and other technological features as designers aim for fuel savings of 15% compared to its predecessor.
The new aircraft is also being designed with lower carbon emissions and engine noise in mind, Airbus said.
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