Wednesday, September 27, 2017

IndiGo to switch part of A320neo order into larger A321neo

At a time when IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share, is facing capacity constraints due to performance glitches with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines equipped on its A320neo aircraft, the low-cost carrier has exercised its option to convert a part of its A320neo order with Airbus into the larger A321neo aircraft. The airline has, however, not made any changes to the engine order and its A321neos will be equipped with the same geared turbofan engines.
According to the monthly data of orders and deliveries released by the French airframe manufacturer, IndiGo’s order for the 186-seater Airbus A320neo went down to 405 as of August 31 against 410 a month ago, while the order for 232-seater A321neo went up to 25 compared with 20 aircraft as on July 31. The airline expects to begin taking delivery of the A321neo aircraft “towards the end of calendar year 2018”.
An IndiGo spokesperson said that the airline’s A320neo order with Airbus has the option of switching “certain number of aircraft” to A321neo, which it exercised recently. “Airbus A321neo has 232 seats, while A320neo has around 180, so the operating cost of A321neo is much lower than that of A320. There is no change in the engine order, only the number of seats will increase,” the spokesperson told The Indian Express.
27/09/17 Pranav Mukul/Indian Express
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