By Staff Correspondent
In line with its vision for sustainability, IndiGo has been replacing its old fleet with fuel-efficient neo aircraft. The airline took the delivery of the 2000th A320neo family aircraft on Tuesday, which follows two years after the airline also received the 1000th A320neo aircraft in 2019, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The IndiGo aircraft MSN10654, an A321 neo, produced and delivered in Hamburg, Germany, the company stated.
On the occasion, Mr Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo, said, “IndiGo was early to recognise the fuel efficiency and performance of the A320neo family, which resulted in large orders for neo family aircraft. The vision was to increase the efficiency and the sustainability of the fleet. IndiGo took delivery of the 1,000th A320neo Family aircraft produced in 2019 and just two years later is taking delivery of the 2,000th aircraft.
“This continued induction of Neo family aircraft despite the challenges posed by the pandemic is a testament to the airline’s unrelenting commitment to sustainable aviation and the fuel efficiency of the A320neo Family.” IndiGo is the world’s largest customer for the A320neo Family, with orders totalling 730 aircraft.
IndiGo notes that since its first NEO was delivered in March 2016, its fleet of A320neo Family has grown into the world’s largest with 187 aircraft operating alongside 61 A320s and 34 ATRs. In a highly competitive aviation market, the fuel-efficient A320 Family has been instrumental in IndiGo’s rise to become India’s largest airline by fleet size and passenger numbers.
The A320neo programme was designed with fuel efficiency in mind. “Building on the A320ceo’s popularity, the aircraft delivers 20% reduced fuel burn as well as 50% less noise compared to previous generation aircraft. Seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration, the A320neo Family features the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky and incorporates the latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets,” the company stated in a press release.