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Airbus Has a Day for the Ages

Our Bureau - : Jun 20, 2023 - : 1:50 am

No prizes for guessing who won Day 1 in the ongoing commercial aircraft orders competition between Airbus and Boeing.

The biggest talking point of the day was Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo placing commercial aviation’s largest-ever offer – for 500 A320 family aircraft – with Airbus. The massive 500 A320 family aircraft order increases the total number of Airbus aircraft currently on order from IndiGo to 1,330. The carrier has thus further consolidated its position as the biggest A320 family model customer.

That, however, wasn’t the end of good news for the European plane maker on the opening day.

flynas: The Saudi air carrier and a leading low-cost airline in the Middle East firmed up an order with Airbus for 30 new A320neo Family aircraft, taking the airline’s total order with Airbus to 120 A320neo aircraft, including 10 A321XLRs. The agreement was signed at the Show by Bandar Almohanna, flynas Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer & Head of International.

“The A320neo Family brings unmatched benefits to our passengers, offering exceptional operational performance and environmental benefits, while helping us provide unique travel experiences at low-cost,” said Almohanna.

“Unbeatable economics, longer range capability and the most spacious single aisle cabin have made the A320neo Family the preferred choice of airlines worldwide. That includes in the low cost sector, where carriers operate in especially competitive environments. We look forward to working with flynas as it develops its future fleet and presence in the fast-growing Saudi market,” said Scherer.

flynas is an all Airbus operator and was the first airline in Saudi Arabia to acquire the A320neo. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 32 A320neos, 13 A320ceos and four A330-300s.

Air Mauritius: Also on Day 1, Air Mauritius confirmed an order for three A350 aircraft to expand its network in Europe and South Asia. The order brings Air Mauritius’ A350 fleet to a total of seven. The airline already operates four A350 and four A330 Airbus aircraft.

“Air Mauritius is proud to renew its confidence in Airbus and its products, continuing a three-decade long partnership. The additional A350-900 aircraft will help us strengthen our European network and secure further growth in other markets. We are looking forward to achieving our ambitious objectives together with Airbus,” said Mr Kresimir Kucko, CEO of Air Mauritius.

“We compliment Air Mauritius on putting the A350 at the heart of its long-haul fleet modernisation programme. With greater range capability, better economics, passenger capacity and comfort, the A350 is the perfect platform to connect the beautiful island of Mauritius to the world,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International at Airbus.


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