Airbus and Indigo Partners’ four airlines have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase by the four airlines of 430 additional
A320neo Family aircraft.
The aircraft will be allocated among the ultra low-cost airlines
Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary)
upon the completion of final purchase agreements between Airbus and the four airlines.
The 430-aircraft commitment, comprised of 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos worth $49.5
billion at list prices, was announced at the Dubai Airshow by Bill Franke, Managing Partner of
Indigo Partners, and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus
Commercial Aircraft. When added to existing Airbus A320 Family orders, the new agreement
will make Indigo Partners one of the largest customers by order number in the world for the
Airbus single-aisle aircraft family. Airlines in the Indigo Partners family previously have
placed orders for 427 A320 Family aircraft.
“This significant commitment for 430 additional aircraft underscores our optimistic view of the
growth potential of our family of low-cost airlines, as well as our confidence in the A320neo
Family as a platform for that growth,” Bill Franke said. “Our airlines know that a great aircraft
coupled with a great business plan will create value for our customers. We look forward to
bringing comfort and low fares to more passengers around the world as Wizz Air, Volaris,
JetSMART and Frontier continue to expand.”
John Leahy said; “Indigo Partners have been a tremendous customer and supporter of the
Airbus single-aisle fleet for many years. An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable, but it’s
particularly gratifying to all of us at Airbus when it comes from a group of airline professionals
who know our products as well as the folks at Indigo Partners do. We are proud to augment
their airline fleets in Latin America, North America and Europe with the single-aisle aircraft
that offers the lowest operating costs, longest range and most spacious cabin: the A320neo
Also present at the announcement were Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris; Barry Biffle,
CEO of Frontier Airlines; Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART; and József Váradi, CEO of
Wizz Air. They confirmed their firm’s individual aircraft orders as follows: Wizz – 72 A320neo, 74 A321neo; Frontier – 100 A320neo, 34 A321neo, JetSMART – 56 A320neo, 14 A321neo;Volaris – 46 A320neo, 34 A321neo.
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