DUBAI: Indigo Partners signs MoU for 430 A320neos

Ethiopian Airlines continues to build up its fleet to meet rising demand on back of a rapidly growing economy and population in Africa. Tiksa Negeri  Reuters

Airbus Nears Deal for 430 Jets With Indigo Partners

Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for the purchase of a further 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft entailing seventy-two A320neo and seventy-four A321neo.

The Indigo deal would more than double Airbus's existing order book for the year, which stood at about 290 aircraft as of October 31.

Airbus and Indigo Partners declined to comment on the deal, which Bloomberg News said could involve 430 jetliners.

Indigo Partners' managing partner, Bill Franke agreed the deal with Airbus after he flew into the Dubai Air Show earlier Wednesday.

After final purchase deals with each are confirmed, likely by the end of the year, Hungary's Wiz Air will receive 72 A320neos and 74 A321neos, U.S. carrier Frontier Airlines will receive 100 A320neos and 34 A321neos, Chile's JetSMART will receive 56 A320neos and 14 A321neos and Mexico's Volaris will receive 46 A320neos and 34 A321neos.

Even so, competition at the show remained intense.

Reports also show Egyptair has placed an order for 12 C-Series Bombardier Jets, with the prospect of a further order for more.

Leahy, 67, is due to retire in coming months after serving as sales chief for the European planemaker since 1994.

At current list prices, these additional aircraft are worth in excess of US$17.2 billion although discounts will be granted by Airbus.

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