Indian budget carrier IndiGo is stepping up to the long-haul sector with an agreement to order up to 100 Airbus A350-900s, deliveries of which will commence in 2027.

Thirty of the aircraft will be firm, and the carrier is taking purchase rights on another 70.

The airline is already a strong Airbus customer, having ordered more than 1,300 single-aisle jets, but the A350 marks a substantial shift in its strategy.

“IndiGo has been successfully building its position and is now defining its future further on the path of becoming a global aviation player,” the carrier states.

“From the various Indian metros, IndiGo will be able to connect to the world.”

IndiGo Airbus A350 signing-c-IndiGo

Source: IndiGo

IndiGo chief Pieter says the agreement will help ‘shape the future’ of Indian aviation

The airline has yet to indicate routes or a configuration for the aircraft, which are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

But it says the A350 will offer “unprecedented optionality” to the airline.

“IndiGo is amongst the fastest-growing airlines in the world, and this order will allow it to strengthen its growth trajectory,” it states.

The Indian government is aiming to develop the country as a global aviation hub by the end of the decade.

IndiGo says its combined single-aisle and long-haul orders will mean it is “well-positioned” to “expand and densify” its network.

Chief executive Pieter Elbers says the agreement will “shape the future of the airline and Indian aviation at the same time”.


Source: Airbus

IndiGo will take 30 firm A350-900s and purchase rights on 70 more