Monday, February 29, 2016

IndiGo says Airbus to deliver delayed A320neo jets from March

New Delhi: Budget airline IndiGo  said on Monday it would receive its first A320neo jet in March, three months later than originally planned after manufacturer Airbus AIR.PS said it could not deliver the aircraft on time.

IndiGo, India's biggest airline by market share, had expected its first A320neo in December and nine jets by March. The airline said it would now take delivery of 24 planes in the year to March 2017, less than the 26 originally planned.

Airbus has been renegotiating delivery for the A320neo, an upgraded fuel-saving version of its best-selling medium-haul jet, due to what it described as issues with documentation for new Pratt & Whitney engines, industry sources said this month.

IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, is one of Airbus' biggest customers as it expands its fleet to tap into India's booming air travel market.

It finalised the purchase of 250 A320neo aircraft in August, handing Airbus its largest-ever order by number of planes, and took its total A320-family jet orders to 530.
29/02/16 Reuters
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